Tag Archive for Turtle Island Storytellers

Turtle Island Storyteller Nakia Williamson-Cloud

A Way of Seeing The World

Nakia Williamson

My name is Nakia Williamson. The focus of my work is basically to perpetuate ideas and thoughts of the Nez Perce people of my own family and the elders that I’ve been able to be around, which is sometimes counter to what the outside culture sees the function of art being.

Turtle Island Storyteller Rosa Yearout

Born and Reborn

Rosa Yearout

My name is Rosa Yearout in English and my Nez Perce name is Wi’cesa, which is translated as “Born and Reborn.” This is the name that my mother, Rena Katherine Ramsey, had and she had received that from her grandmother, Wicesa. My maiden name was Spencer. My first marriage was to Larry McFarland. We were married for about 15 years when we lost him in a car accident. I was a widow with seven children when I met and eventually married a bachelor, Jonathan Yearout, my current husband. He was from the Yakima Valley in Washington and he moved here to Lapwai, Idaho. We’ve been married for 33 years.

Turtle Island Storyteller Rose Ann Abrahamson

Lemhi Shoshone Expedition Member, Sacajawea: A Symbol of Peace Rose Ann Abrahamson is an educator/cultural historian and teaches at the tribal school. She is Lemhi Shoshone. She is the Great-great-great-niece of Sacajawea (the famous Lemhi Shoshone woman whe traveled with the Lewis & Clark Expedition), through Chief Cameahwait (brother of Sacajawea), and the great-great granddaughter…

Turtle Island Storyteller Deborah “Dee” White Eye


Deborah “Dee” White Eye

Ogitchedaw, Ogitchedaw
We sing this song to you
Strong and brave and loyal- a warrior through and through
You lay your life down on the line
You know what you must do
Ogichedaw, Ogitchedaw
We send our prayers to you.

Turtle Island Storyteller Jimm GoodTracks

These Native Ways

Jimm GoodTracks

The tribal tradition is that at one time the, Ioway Otoe-Missouria were one with the Winnebago. And somewhere up towards the northeast, they separated. And the Winnebago stayed because there was a lot of good fishing areas up there, the stories say and that then the people came down this way. At some point the Ioway separated.

Turtle Island Storyteller Reubin Kent

These Native Ways

Reuben E. Kent

My name’s Reuben Kent, my English given name. I’m an enrolled member of the Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska. I’m a member of the Buffalo Clan.

This first case talks about pre-contact pottery and the evolution of pottery in the Midwest. This is the Early Ceramic right after archaic when they’re still wandering around hunting and gathering before they develop into agriculture and cooking, and other levels of existence where you’re not constantly moving looking for food. You develop into a technology of pottery and other means of surviving other than just constantly chasing food.