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:

The Herb Shed

Past Shows: Gary Dodge, Mark Thunderwolf

Local Organizations:

Native American Rehabilitation Association, Native American Youth and Family Center

Other Organizations:

Indigenous Environmental Network


Censored News, Indianz.com

Episode Archive

Tillicum Wawa on 11/22/12

Air date: 
Thu, 11/22/2012 - 8:00am - 12:00pm
Short Description: 
Genocide Cover Up Day

From 8am until noon on alleged Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 22nd, Genocide Cover-Up Day returns. Be ready with your calls to discuss the crime of genocide from local to worldwide with your hosts from Tillicum Wawa, Eugene and Shusli.

Tillicum Wawa on 11/15/12

Air date: 
Thu, 11/15/2012 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
Call-in about maintaining cultural ties in a modern world.

What is it that keeps us connected to our indigenous cultures in a mondern world? Ceremonies, food, powwows, family, friends, tribe, land, etc.? Call in and tell us what keeps you connected to your culture during the next Tillicum Wawa. 503-231-8187

Tillicum Wawa on 11/01/12

Air date: 
Thu, 11/01/2012 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
Music as medicine

Tillicum Wawa brings music to sustain and heal your Native soul - no matter from what tribe you descend. Listen on November 1 at 6 p.m. for a special Native American music presentation.  We will feature songs and sounds for body, mind, and spirit, along with news from Indian Country.

Tillicum Wawa on 10/18/12

Air date: 
Thu, 10/18/2012 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
Tillicum Wawa 10/18/2012

Jalla! Eugene Johnson, Shusli Baseler-Johnson, Samantha King, and Louis Sowa, all welcome you to come knock on the TILLICUM WAWA lodge doorway.  It's getting cold outside; come on in, get warm, and enjoy indigenous music, news, and views. Join us on Thursday, October 18th at 6 p.m. If you're listening, you're part of the conversation.

Yurok dwelling pictured

Tillicum Wawa on 10/04/12

Air date: 
Thu, 10/04/2012 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
Indian Family Wellness Project

Tillicum Wawa: Voices of the People, will be interviewing Mike Rosman, Apache, who is in the Indian Family Wellness Project a native education program. Tune in, Thursday, from 6-7pm for this interview and more.

Tillicum Wawa on 09/20/12

Air date: 
Thu, 09/20/2012 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
TW kicks off a Nuclear Free Portland with Miriam German and honored elder John Bravehawk

Did you know there are plans to transport highly radioactive nuclear waste through Portland en route to Hanford? Government estimates state that 800 people will die just from the ambient radiation along the route. Stand up with Miriam German (Miriams Well), John Bravehawk (honored Lakota Elder) and Tillicum Wawa. Learn about plans for a Nuclear Free Portland. Listen to Tillicum Wawa on Thursday, September 20th at 6 p.m. for this important issue.

Photos: Miriam German, John Bravehawk

Tillicum Wawa on 09/06/12

Air date: 
Thu, 09/06/2012 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
Native American music, current events, news and other info pertinent to Native American community

Tillicum Wawa on 08/30/12

Air date: 
Thu, 08/30/2012 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
What happened at White Clay, Nebraska?

What happened in White Clay, NE this past weekend? How did a peaceful protest end up with 10 year old Wakinyan "Loud Brave Thunder" getting pepper sprayed by police? Tillicum Wawa talks with some folks involved in the protest. Tune in for an indigenous perspective on today's news and issues and great music.

(Photo from bsnorrell.blogspot.com)

Tillicum Wawa on 08/16/12

Air date: 
Thu, 08/16/2012 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
Bryan Hudson, Jr. talks about his work to preserve the Shoshone language

It has been estimated that a language disappears every 14 days. When that happens, the key to cultural, historic, and spiritual values can die. As Yakama tribal elder Virginia Beavert, who helped preserve and protect the Sahaptin language said, "One day the government will come back and ask you two things 'Do you speak your language?' and 'Do you practice your religion?'. If we cannot answer "yes" to those two questions, our sovereignty is at stake."

The hosts of Tillicum Wawa are happy to be interviewing Bryan Hudson, Jr., who is working through the University of Utah to help preserve the Shoshone language on August 16. Tune in or stream to hear more about the importance of language preservation to First Nations peoples.

Tillicum Wawa on 08/02/12

Air date: 
Thu, 08/02/2012 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
Native American music, current events, news and other info pertinent to Native American community


The Ghosts of Celilo

program date: 
Thu, 03/03/2011

On Thursday, March 3, we discussed primarily the play by Marv Ross called The Ghosts of Celilo. It is a play about a boy who escapes boarding school in order to get to his home in Celilo to catch a fish before the U.S. dams the river and drowns the falls.


  • Title: The Ghosts of Celilo
  • Length: 58:52 minutes (53.9 MB)
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Bill Young of KCUW

program date: 
Thu, 02/24/2011

On Thursday, February 24, Tillicum Wawa interviewed Bill Young of KCUW. KCUW is the Umatilla Reservation community radio station, all of 100 watts...currently. Bill produces a program of story telling called "Good Night Rez." We plan on making continued connections with this radio station.

  • Length: 57:43 minutes (52.84 MB)
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Yakama Fires, Ecuador, John T. Williams murder udate

program date: 
Thu, 02/17/2011

Tillicum Wawa, 2-17-11


On Thursday, February 17, we interviewed Carol Sutterlict (st?) about the fires that happened in and around the town of White Swan on the Yakama Indian Reservation on February 12. It started with a chimney fire in one house and quickly spread with a wind storm that average 50 mph and up to 100 mph according to some reports. This fire destroyed 20 homes, but many homes were also damaged by the winds. About the only kind of donations they can't use are clothing. They are really looking for construction materials, paint, cleaning materials, and gas cards for the residents. You can send donations to:

White Swan Methodist Church

80 Curtis St.

White Swan, Washington 98952

We also interviewed Felix about the work he is doing to help with the Inca in Ecuador, of which he is a member. If you wish to help him out in his local organizing of benefits for this work, e-mail him at fdescultchaskis@yahoo.com. It is helpful if you speak Spanish.

Shusli made a updated our audience about John T. Williams, a Native carver

shot by Seattle police officer, Ian Birk

. Ian has resigned, but there is seemingly no justice in this case. John was told by Ian to drop his knife and within 10 seconds of the officer confronting John, who was walking down the street carving a piece of wood with said knife, the officer fired on him five times, killing him instantly. John Williams was deaf. It is said that the officer, Ian Birk, had numerous contact with John, knew who he was, and knew he was deaf. Sounds like murder to me, but then again, when cops commit murder, they often get away with it.

  • Length: 59:20 minutes (54.32 MB)
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NARA Family Night and Ruby Pipeline

program date: 
Thu, 02/10/2011

On Thursday, February 11, "Redwillow" called in from the Native American Rehabilitation Association's "Family Night" and intorduced us to several participants. "Family Night" is where families get together on Thursday's from 5:30 to 8pm and participate in fun activities. It is a community building event.

Shusli connected us with Mervin Wright, Jr. about the Ruby pipeline. It is a pipeline for natural gas, which isn't collected all that naturally, that will go through many sacred sites to the Paiute nation. This on the heels of a large natural gas explosion in Allentown, Pennsylvania that killed 5 people and destroyed at least for homes.

  • Length: 59:32 minutes (54.5 MB)
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program date: 
Thu, 02/03/2011


On Thursday, February 3, Shusli produced "Tillicum Wawa: Voices of the People" around the new documentary film by Frank Lopez called "End Civ." "End:Civ" will be available for viewing in Portland on February 8 at Smith Memorial Center, PSU, 724 SW Harrison in Portland, room 327, at 3pm. It will also be airing on February 8 at the Hipbone Studios at 7pm, 1847 E Burnside, #104. "End:Civ" is based on the of the book "Endgame" by Derrick Jensen, a book that discusses the global effects of alleged civilization and asks the question, and I paraphrase, "how much are you going to take before you do something?" It features many voices, including indigenous voices such as Waziyata Win, Gord Hill, and Rhonda "Shusli" Baseler, discussing earth based cultures compared to alleged civilization. In Egypt, Yemen, and elsewhere, there are revolutions happening. People are tired of being oppressed for the wealth of the few. In this nation, peoples water is being polluted by hydraulic fracturing by energy corporations so much so that many American folk can set their tap water on fire (see the movie "Gasland"). Hanford Nuclear Reservation, just up the Chewana (Columbia River) leaks radiation that no doubt has health effects. The U.S. is leading two illegal wars in the Middle East and wants to start slaughtering Iranians as well. Industrial pollution has made parts of the U.S. unlivable. And much, much more. How much are we going to take before we do something about it? Indigenous values, as I have read and discussed with many indigenous types, have a way of encompassing all life and all life as having validity. Humans have life, plants and animals have life, water has life, etc., and all of us live in a common world where we benefit each other. Civilization sees the world (humans, plants, water, animals, etc.) as resources to be extracted and the wealth to go to the few (with gas prices going higher and higher, Shell oil is reporting record profits). And there is a catch to it. As much as we (my wife, Shusli, and I) don't like civilization and what it has done to our people, we have to use the tools of civilization for our survival. Don't criticize your fellow human beings for being human, let's all focus on changing the system instead of beating each other up for not being "pure." Read Derrick Jensen's book, "Endgame." See the movie, "End:Civ."

Shusli also played cuts from John Trudell, poet and musician and long time activist, and Aggie Pilgrim, one of the 13 indigenous grandmothers to further the discussion for vast systematic and global change.

At the end of the program Shusli played a memorial piece for Morales Singer. Several weeks ago, for those of you who remember, we had Dr. Dale Walker and Michelle Singer from the One Sky Center. On January 26, Morales Singer, Michelle Singer's brother, was killed by a hit and run driver (the driver subsequently turned himself in). He is survived by 3 children. Our condolences are sent out to Michelle Singer, the Morales children, Cody, Elijah, and Jaliene, the whole singer family, and to all those who loved Morales. If you are going to be in the Salem area on Saturday, February 5, click here for information on how you can participate in a fundraiser to benefit Morales Singer's three children.

Shusli did a great job of producing this show. The content was awesome and informative. A giant THANK YOU to Shusli!
  • Title: End:Civ
  • Length: 56:36 minutes (51.82 MB)
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Bear Butte

program date: 
Thu, 01/27/2011

On Thursday, January 27, Tillicum Wawa: Voices of the People discussed the issues of the destruction of sacred sites. Currently, Nakota Energy LLC, is planning on oil drilling in the surrounding areas of Bear Butte, the mountain most sacred to many plains tribes, such as the Lakota, Nakota, Dakota, Cheyenne, Arapaho, etc. We can find little to no information on Nakota Energy. Shusli also discussed the grave robbing going on at Yotocket in order that pot hunters can profit off of those slaugthered around 150 years ago.

  • Length: 56:31 minutes (51.74 MB)
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Health Care in Indian Country

program date: 
Thu, 01/20/2011
L to R: Michelle Singer, Dr. Dale Walker, Louis Sowa, Rhonda "Shusli" Baseler, Eugene Johnson

On Thursday, January 20,Tillicum Wawa interviewed Dr. Dale Walker and Michelle Singer from the

One Sky Center

, a Native American health care organization that works with tribes throughout the United States in order to improve health care, mental and physical, in Indian country. Dale Walker is also president of the

Association of American Indian Physicians

. We talked about the One Sky Center, health care disparities, the politics of health care, looking at health care from a whole instead of as an individual, suicide, etc.


Shusli had the idea to do health care segments on Tillicum Wawa for the Native communities, and this show was our first opportunity.


  • Length: 57:12 minutes (52.36 MB)
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Jan Michael Looking Wolf

program date: 
Thu, 01/13/2011
On Thursday, January 13, we enjoyed having Jan Michael Looking Wolf and his guitarist Nathan Meyers on "Tillicum Wawa: Voices of the People." He also brought his son, Shane Michael, and the woman who paints the covers of his albums, Cora Crabtree. It was a fun and great show! Jan played a song he hasn't recorded and played a lot of live songs as well. He and his son also talked about the charity work that they do. Enjoy!
L to R: Cora Crabtree, Nathan Meyers, Jan Michael Looking Wolf, Shane Michael

  • Length: 59:44 minutes (54.69 MB)
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NAYA Interviews

program date: 
Thu, 01/06/2011

Left to Right: Vicki "Redwillow" Creel, Tawna Sanchez, Eugene Johnson, Rhonda "Shusli" Baseler, Sara Libby

On Thursday, January 6, "Tillicum Wawa: Voices of the People," had two Native American Youth and Family Center interviews. We interviewed Sara Libby, Homeownership Program Manager, and Tawna Sanchez, Director of Family Services.

Sara Libby discussed what the Native American Youth and Family Center offers for helping community members achieve homeownership.

Tawna discussed the family services the Native American Youth and Family Center has to offer as well as a lengthy discussion about domestic abuse and how NAYA can and does help.

  • Title: NAYA Interviews
  • Length: 61:26 minutes (56.25 MB)
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Rez Solutions

program date: 
Thu, 12/30/2010

Rez Solutions


On December 30, "Tillicum Wawa: Voices of the People," had a call in program called Rez Solutions (Shusli came up with the name). It was a call in asking for your new years resolutions.

  • Length: 58:54 minutes (53.93 MB)
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Tillicum Wawa playlist for 02/07/2013

Air date: 
Robbie RobertsonStomp Dance UnityFrom the Underworld of Redboy
Lunar DriveThis is Black Masa, Arizona
Heartbeat 2
Native American HeartbeatGreat SpiritTribute to the Tribal SpiritNew World Musicwww.kboo.org
Robbie RobertsonPrayer songYou tube

Tillicum Wawa playlist for 12/13/2012

Air date: 
Robbie RobertsonUnity/Stomp DanceContact from the Underworld of Redboy
Brule'We the PeopleBrule'
James Bilagody and the CremainsSacred Stage
Wade FernandezStill Standing Proudwww.youtube.com
Buddy Red BowJourney to the Spirit Worldwww.youtube.com

Wonderful, fabulous, beautiful music from Native American artists!

Tillicum Wawa playlist for 11/29/2012

Air date: 
Daughters of the EarthMothe Earth
Charles LittleleafJosh
John TrudellBroke the light
Carlos NakaiTrade winds

This program was dedicated as a thankful recognition of our compassionate listeners for their generousity in the amount of warm cloths that were donated to the Pine Ridge Rez. childrenk-12. Thank you all!!!!

Tillicum Wawa playlist for 11/15/2012

Air date: 
Robbie RobertsonUnity/Stomp Dance
Jim BoydUrban Indian Blues
UlaliOld Man Singing
Fry Bread RiotSmoke Signals Movie Soundtrack
WayquayHope Chant
Casper LomayevsaChillin' on the Rez
Black Lodge SingersPowwow song

Tillicum Wawa Playlist for 11/15/12

Tillicum Wawa playlist for 08/30/2012

Air date: 
Robbie RobertsonUnity/Stomp Dance
BlackfireAIM/Butler Honor song
Porcupine SingersSong of Encouragement
Blackfoot ConfederacyHonor Song
Burning SkyNative Funk

Tillicum Wawa playlist for 06/07/2012

Air date: 
Robbie RobertsonUnity/Stomp Dance
Arigon StarCalifornia Indians
Red ThunderHeartbeat
BlackfireCorn Song
BlackstoneSoggy Bustle Boys

Tillicum Wawa playlist for 05/24/2012

Air date: 
Robbie Robertson and Six Nations WomenUnity/Stomp DanceContact from the Undergworld of Redboy
Jan Michael Looking WolfRise-upLive as One Disc !
Jan Michael Looking WolfLavender DanceLive as One Disc 2
Jan Michael Looking WolfThe JourneyLive as One Disc 1
Iokepa's Chantreturnvoyage.com

Playlist for Tillicum Wawa 5/24/12. Featuring music from Jan Michael Looking Wolf.

Tillicum Wawa playlist for 04/12/2012

Air date: 
Robbie RobertsonUnity/Stomp Dance
UlaliAll My Relations
1491'sTo the Indigenous Womanwww.youtube.com
Jeanette ArmstrongIndian WomanUntil the Bars Break
FishermanDecember Wind
WalelaCherokee River
Women's Honor SongHeartbeat 2

We will be more diligent about getting our playlists up for each show! Thanks, Listeners.

Tillicum Wawa playlist for 03/01/2012

Air date: 
Robbie RobertsonThe Sound is FadingContact from the Underworld of Redboy
Robbie RobertsonMaking a NoiseContact from the Underworld of Redboy
Michael BucherSacred Ground
John TrudellGrafitti Man
AyeliClear Water Drum
Robbie RobertsonStomp Dance: Unity
Jim BoydOld Man SingingReservation Blues

Playlist for 3-1-12 Tillicum Wawa. Website crashed while playing Ayeli's Clear Water Drum. Drat! It is a wonderful song.

Tillicum Wawa playlist for 09/08/2011

Air date: 
Buffy St. MaireStarwalker
Casper LomayesvaHow the West was WonSounds of Reality
Robbie Robertson presents UlaliMahk JchiThe Red Road Ensemble
Burning SkyIndian Wars
Red ThunderHidden Medicine
Casper LomayesvaDon't Dem KnowSounds of Reality
BlackfireExileOne Nation Under
Keith BearAlong the River
Jeanette ArmstrongIndian WomanTil the Bars Break
Casper LomayesvaHonor the People


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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