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 07/19/12

Air date: 
Thu, 07/19/2012 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
Interviews with Goat Carson and Drea Robideau

The Reverend Goat Carson (writer of the song "Redskins") of Nawlins, Louisianna, will be joining Tillicum Wawa: Voices of the People on July 19 to discuss  his new CD, "Jamestown to Jonestown," his e-novel "Shallow Graves," and his acting and activism.

We will also have live in the studio with us, Drea Robideau, to talk with y'all about the Columbia Big Brothers and Sisters program.

Tillicum Wawa on 06/07/12

Air date: 
Thu, 06/07/2012 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
Discussion of food security in Indian Country

Sean Cruz will be with Tillicum Wawa: Voices of the People tonight from 6-7pm to discuss food security in Indian Country. Food and hunger are serious issues in Native communities on and off the reservation and we need to find the best workable solutions to deal with this issue.

So join Tillicum Wawa for an interview and discussion of food, hunger, and health in Indian country.

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

Links to Native and world food issues:

The Native American Community in Multnomah County: An Unsettling Profile

Tillicum Wawa on 05/24/12

Air date: 
Thu, 05/24/2012 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
Tillicum Wawa talks with Cynthia King, Native herbalist

Join the conversation with Tillicum Wawa and special guest, Cynthia King (Lumbee), owner of The Herb Shed Native Forest Remedies. Cynthia is an herbalist, teacher, ceremonial leader, and Native businesswoman.

Tune in to learn about Native food and medicine for healing. If you're listening - you're part of the conversation!

Tillicum Wawa on 05/10/12

Air date: 
Thu, 05/10/2012 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
Tilllicum Wawa

Tillicum Wawa on 04/26/12

Air date: 
Thu, 04/26/2012 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
Interview with Robert Miller

Tillicum Wawa: Voices of the People, will be interviewing Robert Miller, professor of law at Lewis and Clark college who works heavily in Indian law. Robert will be discussing his new book, "Reservation "Capitalism": Economic Development in Indian Country." The book covers economics in Indian Country past, present, and suggestions for the future.

Tillicum Wawa: Voices of the People is Eugene Johnson and Rhonda "Shusli" Baseler-Johnson and currently airs every other Thursday from 6-7pm.

Tillicum Wawa on 04/12/12

Air date: 
Thu, 04/12/2012 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
Discussion on Domestic Violence

Please listen to Tillicum Wawa: Voices of the People, Thursday, April 12, at 6 pm. We'll be talking with Candida KingBird from NAYA Family Center about domestic violence in Native populations. We'll also have local announcements, news, and a special segment to honor water.

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

Tillicum Wawa on 03/15/12

Air date: 
Thu, 03/15/2012 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
An interview with Gary Farmer and music from his new CD, Under the Water Tower

On Thursday, March 15, Eugene and Shusli will be interviewing Gary Farmer of "Gary Farmer and the Troublemakers" blues band. We will be discussing his new CD, "Under the Water Tower." Gary is probably best known for his acting roles in Powwow Highway, Deadman, Smoke Signals, and Police Academy. So tune in to Tillicum Wawa: Voices of the People, on Thursday, March 15, at 6pm, on KBOO 90.7fm in Portland, Oregon, as Shusli and Eugene interview Gary Farmer, one of the coolest human beings around and one fine blues musician. We will also be playing some of the songs from his new CD.

Tillicum Wawa on 03/08/12

Air date: 
Thu, 03/08/2012 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
Redwillow talks with Dr. Brooke Beaverheart Gondara (Northern Cheyenne) about strong native women

Osiyo nigada!

Tillicum Wawa on 02/23/12

Air date: 
Thu, 02/23/2012 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
Interview with Bill Bigelow

In mid-January, the Mexican American Studies program in the Tuscon, Arizona public schools was banned along with many Hispanic and Native American authors and books. Tune in to "Tillicum Wawa: Voices of the People," Thrusday, February 23rd, to hear an interview with Bill Bigelow, author and co-editor with Bob Peterson of banned book "Rethinking Columbus," and long time editor with "Rethinking Columbus" for an interview about the banning of his book and the banning in general.

Tillicum Wawa on 02/09/12

Air date: 
Thu, 02/09/2012 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
Requests for Native love songs for Valentine's Day

tillicum.wawa@gmail.com your dedications and Native love song requests to that special someone for this week's Tillicum Wawa Valentine's Day Special, Thursday, February 9 from 6-7pm on KBOO, 90.7fm in Portland, Oregon.


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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