Tillicum Wawa

 The hosts of Tillicum Wawa retired from the KBOO airwaves in July 2013 after many years of putting together a terrific weekly program.  Thanks Eugene and Shusli!

"Tillicum Wawa: Voices of the People"

Rhonda "Shusli" Baseler
Eugene Johnson

“Tillicum Wawa” is a Chinook Jargon phrase which, loosely translated, means “The people speak”.

 Chinook Jargon was a trade language used by Natives in this region before Europeans arrived here. It was a combination of Salish, Nootka, and Chinook languages.  After explorers, traders, and other non-natives arrived in this area, French and English words were integrated into the jargon.  It was widely used to communicate between people of different tribes, nationalities, and races.

That is why we chose the name.  Tillicum Wawa is here to help represent the under-represented voice of the Native peoples of this nation. To be a “voice for the voiceless”.  

 If you’re listening, you’re part of the conversation.


Most Recent Show:

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Past Shows: Gary Dodge, Mark Thunderwolf

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Episode Archive

Tillicum Wawa on 02/14/13

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Thu, 02/14/2013 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
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Native American music, current events, news and other info pertinent to Native American community

Tillicum Wawa on 02/07/13

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Thu, 02/07/2013 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
Native American music, current events, news and other info pertinent to Native American community

Tillicum Wawa on 01/31/13

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Thu, 01/31/2013 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
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Native American music, current events, news and other info pertinent to Native American community

Tillicum Wawa on 01/24/13

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Thu, 01/24/2013 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
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Native American music, current events, news and other info pertinent to Native American community

Tillicum Wawa on 01/17/13

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Thu, 01/17/2013 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
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Interview with Phillip Charette and local Idle No More organizers.
Thursday, January 17th, on Tillicum Wawa we will be talking with Phillip Charette and some local organizers of Idle No More. Phillip Charette is an Alaskan Native American artist who specializes in contemporary art in the Yup'ik tradition. His works include Yup’ik masks, fine-art prints, mixed-media sculpture, healing jewelry, and Yup'ik drums. He is also a musician who composes and plays Native American flute music, and he custom-designs his own Native American-style flutes. Be sure to tune in! Or, stream, if you happen to live in the 21st century.

Tillicum Wawa on 01/03/13

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Thu, 01/03/2013 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
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Call-in on Flash Mobs

On "Tillicum Wawa: Voices of the People," we will be having a call-in to discuss the recent flash mobs. We encourage those who have participated in these events to call-in and tell us your experiences. The number to call is 503-231-8187

Tillicum Wawa on 12/20/12

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Thu, 12/20/2012 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
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Native American music, current events, news and other info pertinent to Native American community

Tillicum Wawa on 12/13/12

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Thu, 12/13/2012 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
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Indigenous news, views, and music

On tonight's Tillicum Wawa we will be talking about Canada's latest efforts to terminate First Nations, environmental issues, and disaster preparedness measures. 90.7 fm or kboo.fm starting at 6 p.m. Pacific time

Tillicum Wawa on 12/06/12

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Thu, 12/06/2012 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
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Native American music, current events, news and other info pertinent to Native American community

Tillicum Wawa on 11/29/12

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Thu, 11/29/2012 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
Native American music, current events, news and other info pertinent to Native American community


Variety Hour

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Thu, 09/06/2012

We discussed a variety of issues, took it a little easy and relaxed on this show after two intense ones. Samantha discussed the 13 indigenous grandmothers and read her memorial to John Talley who influenced many people with "Indian World." We also have a box in the KBOO lobby for donations to the children of Pine Ridge for shoes, clothes, and school supplies requested by Wakiyan, the young warrior who was pepper sprayed at White Clay.

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Jessica Interview

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Thu, 08/30/2012

Jessica Interview

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White Clay Protests

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Thu, 08/30/2012

On Thursday, August 30, Tillicum Wawa interviewed people from Deep Green Resistance who were locked down at White Clay in support of the Lakota People of Pine Ridge to attempt to stop the sale of alcohol to Indians from the reservation. We also interviewed a medic who was there and Autumn Two Bulls whose son, Wakiyan, was pepper sprayed as well as Wakiyan himself.

  • Length: 59:53 minutes (54.82 MB)
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Fri, 08/17/2012

Tillicum Wawa interviewed Bryan Hudson about the Shoshone/Goshute Youth Language Apprenticeship Program. It is a language program designed to preserve the Shoshone language.

We also interviewed Steven Graves about the White Buffalo Project that helps the folks of the Pine Ridge Reservation.

  • Length: 57:39 minutes (52.78 MB)
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Indigenous and Indigenous inspired Music from Around the World

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Thu, 08/02/2012

We interviewed Jessica Martinez Maxey on Thursday, August 2. We also played music by Shakhouse, a Samoan group, a song called Pati Mai, and a hip-hop song by Plex.

The Reverend Goat Carson and Andrea Robideau of Big Brothers Big Sisters

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Thu, 07/19/2012

Tillicum Wawa was glad to have an interviw with the Reverend Goat Carson to discuss his music, writing, and acting. We also had Andrea Robideau to talk about the Big Brothers Big Sisters program.

  • Length: 57:45 minutes (52.87 MB)
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Season of Change

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Thu, 06/21/2012

It is a season of change. The world has changed in so many ways in such a little amount of time and there is lots of change happening at this moment. There is lots of activity in the world as the people seek to have something other than the wealth being sucked away to the top, racism (institutional and overt), etc. Things just aren't working too harmoniously and it is up to us to think and act to foment that change.

We had special guest Samantha King in the studio with us as well.

If you're listening, you're part of the conversation.

  • Length: 58:58 minutes (53.98 MB)
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Honoring Celilo Falls

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Wed, 06/20/2012

Mix track to honor Celilo Falls

by Eugene Johnson

  • Length: 4:21 minutes (3.98 MB)
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A Special Message from Tillicum Wawa

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Thu, 06/14/2012



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Winnemem Wintu War Dance and Food Security

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Thu, 06/07/2012

 Shusli and Sean

Doug Schofield of the Winnemem Wintu joined us at Tillicum Wawa: Voices of the People, in a discussion of the War Dance they held on the McCloud River a couple of weeks ago to protect their coming of age ceremony from folks who have no respect for such events. He also gave information on how people can help which can also be found at their website: winnimemwintu.us.


We also talked with Sean Cruz about food security in Indian country, from hunger to obesity, diabetes and other health issues, the history and current issues, and the work he is doing in creating a Native American food co-op.

Shusli enjoying a book someone left in our KBOO mail box.



Tillicum Wawa playlist for 06/30/2011

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BlackfireSilence is a Weapon
Buffy Saint-MarieMy Way
Buffy Saint-MarieJohnny Be Fair
Arigon StarrCalifornia Indians
Arigon StarrDon't Touch the Indians
Isaac TrimbleDedication

Indian Country playlist for 07/23/2010

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Haven't been able to get the playlist up yet..Have to listen to the taping in order to get it up..Will do as soon as I can..Redwillow

Indian Country playlist for 07/23/2010

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Haven't been able to get the playlist up yet..Have to listen to the taping in order to get it up..Will do as soon as I can..Redwillow

Indian Country playlist for 07/09/2010

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Robert MirabelThe DanceMusic from a Painted Cave
Black Lodge SingersTiny Tots Contest Song
Black Lodge SingersInter-Tribal
Red Lake NationP-Town Boys "Inter-Tribal"
Red Lake NationChicken DanceBlack Bear Crossing
Dakota HotainCho Old Style
Dakota HotainBig Bear
United TribesNorth Buffalo
Dakota HotainFancy Footin'
Dakota HotainDakota Hop
Northern Cree SingersJingle Dress Song
Buffy Sainte-MarieBury My Heart at Wounded Knee
Red ThunderHeartbeat

Here is the great playlist brought by our guest host on 7-9-10. Thanks, Red Tomahawk! Loved having you on the show!

Indian Country playlist for 06/25/2010

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BlackfireAmerican Indian Movement songThink Globaltime:1:30pm
WalelaI'll turn my radio onWalela1:35pm
Floyd Red Crow WestermanCuster died for your sinsCuster died for your sins1:39pm
WalelaThe WhipporwillWalela1:42pm
Buffy Saint-MarieMy country tis of thy people are dyingThe best of Buffy St. Marie1:54pm
Charle LittleleafTrail fo Tears/Amazing GraceAncient Reflections2:00pm
Floyd Red Crow WestermanThe land is your MotherThe Land is your Mother2:05pm
Johnny CashAs long as the grass shall growBitter Tears2:08pm
Charles LittleleafStick IndianAncient Reflectionas2:14pm
Johnny CashDrumsBitter Tears2:18pm
Michael BucherMountain top removalBelieve2:23pm
Stephen KakfwiChief Johnny CharlieNew strings on an old guitar2:27pm
Buffy St. MarieTake my hand for a whileBest of Buffy St Marie2:34pm
Charles LittleleafWho am IAncient Reflections2:36pm
WalelaCherokee Morning songWalela2:39pm
Various ArtistsEagle DanceAmerican Indian Dances2:51pm
Tha TribeHeart and SoulRound Dance songs5:54pm

Indian Country playlist for 06/11/2010

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Charles LittleleafWho am I?Ancient Reflections1:35pm
Charles LittleleafSouix TraditionalAncient Reflections1:41pm
Charles LittleleafElk SongLive in studio1:45pm
Charles LittleleafRedwood GoddessAncient Reflections1:53pm
Charles LittleleafEssence of LifeLive in studio2:12pm
Charles LittleleafVision QuestLive in studio2:16pm
Charles LittleleafEagle SpiritAncient Reflectiona2:24pm
Charles LittleleafTapsLive in studio2:30pm
Charles LittleleafTrail of Tears/Amazing GraceAncient Reflections2:43pm
Charles LittleleafJohn Rainer Jr songLive in studio2:52pm
Charles LittleleafAu de donLive in studio2:54pm

We hope you enjoyed our show today with our special guest Charles Littleleaf.! He is a renown flute player and maker. His mentor was R. Carlos Nakai, the renown Native musician. He has a CD out now called Ancient Reflections. He has a new CD coming out soon called "Essence of Life".

His wife and manager , Vicky, was with him. They live on the Warm Springs reservation here in Oregon. He is very in touch with our Mother Earth and make's his flutes out of her spirit. in the trees.

"There seems to be a song for everything. We listen to the songs of wind and the songs of water. When we watch the clouds or the stars at night, we will find a song from their natural elements, which always needs to be appreciated and expressed."

We feel honored to have had these guests and Charles Littleleaf's music, and we  will have them back on asap.! We hope you all liked to hear his soothing and compelling music.

If you liked this show and or have any suggestions for future shows, please feel free to email us, write in the "comments" or call us (503) 231-8032, to voice your requests.

We will be back on in 2 weeks, on Friday, 6-25-10, 1:30-3:00pm.We are looking forward to bringing you another great show!

Wado/Thank you Samantha




Indian Country playlist for 05/28/2010

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BlackfireAmerican Indian Movement SongThink Global1:30pm
Robert MirabalWind MessageSagebrush Symphony1:33pm
Michael Martin MurhyGeronimo's CadillacSagebrush Symphony1:35pm
Floyd Red Crow WestermanCuster died for your sinsCuster died for your sins1:42pm
Floyd Red Crow WestermanThey didn't listenCuster died for your sins1:46pm
Tribal WindsCircle of lifeMusic from Native American flutes1:55pm
VariousHealing songBetween Father sky and Mother Earth1:59pm
Tribal WindsMemory of Mother EarthMusic from Native American flutes2:02pm
Bill MillerWind SpiritBetween Father Sky and Mother Earth2:05pm
Bill MillerSacred GroundSacred Gounds2:16pm
Floyd Red Crow WestermanThe land is your MotherThe Land is your Mother2:21pm
aWalela&Joanne ShanendoshMother EarthSacred Ground2:25pm
John TrudellCrazy HorseBone Days2:30pm
Littlewolf BandOweegonI am Walking2:42pm
Sharon BurchTrail of LifeHeart Beat2:46pm
R. Carlo NakaiAmazing GraceBetween Father Sky and Mother Earth2:50pm
BlackfireA.I.M. SongThink Global2:55pm

We are dedicating this week's show, 5/28/10 to Our Mother Earth. In light of all the the autrocities that are occuring to her all the time and especially right now in the gulf of Mexico. The music will reflect our respect and encourage us , hopefully , to pray and know, that the Great One is really in control-always. Let the evil greedy ones see the error of their ways and enlighten them to the world's real needs. The People..

We hope you enjoy the show and the music and take the time to pray, to meditate and to  speak up as we have always done well.

Cudos to  President Obama for putting a stop on all oil well drilling -on the land,  in shallow waters and in the deep seas.! That means Alaska, who were getting equipment in place for more drilling. We must demand the stop be in place until the day comes if or when the companies  have the technology to NOT have any leaks at all, and in case something happens, they must have the technolgy to fix it NOW!

But more realistically we need to go to other types of fuel. Electric, solar, wind and horse power, and leave the oil in the ground.

We Natives have always lived in balance with our Mother. And it is up to us to stop the insanity, and disrespect of our Earth.

One can call Our Pres @ 1-202-456-1414, his web is www.whitehouse.gov to send him your thoughts on these matters.

One can call our Oregon  Senators: Jeff Merkley@503-326-3386 and at his office in Wash DC:1-202-224-3753: email "senator@merkley.senate.gov". And Ron Wyden@541-431-0610 and his office in Wash DC:1-202-224-5244.Website : www.wyden.senate.gov.

And one can call our Oregon State Rep -Peter DeFazio@541-465-6732 and his office in Wash DC:1-202-225-6416. Website: www.defazio.house.gov.

Our Oregon Governor@503-378-4582. His website: www.governor.oregon.gov. Lets let him know that we won't tolerate any drilling off of our coasts!

Email them with  letters of your thoughts and suggestions, or call them to express yourself on this disrespect going on.

We hope you like the show this week. Let us know by posting your "comments" on our "Indian Country" page. Your calls into the studio are great and we love to hear from you!. The station prefers that our listeners post comments on the "comments" tab at our "Indian Country" page.  That way they know you are listening. And it will show the need to have an American Indian show, like ours, on the KBOO radio station.

We will be back on in 2 weeks 6/11/10. Another show will demo their shows like we are demoing ours , So we will allternate with us every other week. This next Friday 6/4/10 is a folk music show with Flower Elliott. It should be good also.

We hope you will join us again on 6/11/10 Fri from 1:30-3:00pm

Thank you / Wado , Samantha

Indian Country playlist for 05/21/2010

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BlackfireA.I.M. SongThink Globalaired:1:30pm
UlaliRattle SongMahk Jchiaired:1:36pm
Floyd WestermanTask ForceCuster died for your sinsaired:1:42pm
Floyd WestermanB.I.A.Custer Died for your sinsaired1:44pm
Buffy St. MarieI'm goinna be a country girl agian.The Best of B.St.M.aired:1:50pm
Buffy Sainte MarieGod is Alive,Magic is afootThe Best of B.St.M.aired:1:53pm
UlaliMahk JchiMahk Jchiaired:1:57pm
Johnny CashAs Long as the green grass growsBitter Tearsaired:2:05pm
UlaliPower of the Harden-BrattMahk Jchiaired:2:11pm
Johnny CashDrumsBitter Tearsaired:2:2:15
WalelaWash your Spirit cleanThe Best of W.aired:2; 24pm
American Indian Dances Var.Eagle DanceAmer.Indian Dances Var.aired:2:27pm
American Indian Dances Var.Squaw DanceAmer.Indian Dances Var.aired:2:29pm
WalelaCherokee Morning SongThe Best of W.aired:2:54pm
Johnny CashApache TearsBitter Tearsaired:2:58pm
BlackfireA.I.M.SongThink Globalaired:3:00pm

Indian Country playlist for 04/30/2010

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RoseGet TribalAll the Wild Horses
QuiltmanThree SistersThree Sisters
Joanne ShanandoahPeace and PowerPeacemaker's Journey
Robbie RobertsonCherokee Morningsong
WalelaMuddy RoadWalela
Sharon BurchSpotted HorseColors of my heart
Sons of the SpiritCherokeeSons of the Spirit
WalelaI have no Indian NameWalela
UlaliMahk JchiMahk Jchi


Pledge Drive

We encourage you , our listeners to contribute to KBOO, as you are it's only resource to keep it on the air, along with Native programming . And Native programming is in need of more exposure to all of our relations.

Thank you, Samantha

Interview with musical flutest Littleleaf this Fri 6-11-10,1:30p

We are excited to announce our guest on this week's episode of "Indian Country", Fri. 6-11-10, will be the great flute player Charles Littleleaf !!! He is a world renown flutest and flute maker, from the Warm Springs Reservation here in Oregon.

*  Native American Flutist / Recording Artist / Concert Performer*  Commissioned, Award-Winning Native American Flute Maker*  Native American Music Award Nominee (NAMA*  Founding Member of the annual Amboy, Washington Mt. Tum-Tum Encampment* 

His other talents include:

*  Educator in the making of dance regalia
*  Speaker for National Rehabilitation Centers
*  Teacher in Traditional Lore
*  Speaker in Native Spirituality

This show should be a very informative , intertaining and an exciting hour or so of listening to the live music of Littleleaf and finding out more about this facinating Native music man.

We hope you will listen and tell your family and friends about this big event occuring on our Native American show, "Indian Country", aired only on KBOO Portland !!  This Fri, 6-11-10 from 1:30-3:00pm.

 And you can "listen live" outside of the Portland area at our website : www.kboo.fm, on the computer.!!

We will not air on May 7,2010

We will be preempted from our regular time on Fri May 7, 2010 as KBOO is having a special program that I encourage you to listen  to . It should be terrific.

We are waiting to hear if we will air our Native American program on 5/14/2010. we will post it asap.

We hope you all will encourage this type of programming on KBOO, our Community radio station.

July 6th Show

We had a great show on the 6th with Red Tomahawk guest hosting!

Samantha couldn't make it from Eugene because of a broken toe; sure hope she can come on the 23rd!

Next is Jan Michael Lookingwolf,Nammy award winner, playing his flute and sharing his new cut "We are One!"

Check it out on Indian Country July 23rd!

Playlist for Lookingwolf show

The playlist for the July 23rd Lookingwolf performance and interview is still to come. Have to play it back to list the music and haven't done that yet..Apologies...



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