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 01/19/12

Air date: 
Thu, 01/19/2012 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
Interview with Sean Cruz and possibly Winona Laduke about their new book.

The Militarization of Indian Country

Winona Laduke along with Sean Cruz have written a new book called "The Militarization of Indian Country"

Tune in to

Tillicum Wawa: Voices of the People as we interview Sean Cruz in the studio and POSSIBLY (no confirmation as of Wednesday morning) Winona Laduke on the phone. We will discuss their book and what the militarization of Indian country is all about.

Tillicum Wawa is Shusli Baseler-Johnson, Eugene Johnson, and Redwillow. Much of the time the show is visited by Louis Sowa as well. Tillicum Wawa airs every Thursday from 6-7pm.

Tillicum Wawa on 01/12/12

Air date: 
Thu, 01/12/2012 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
Interview with Jeri Williams about human trafficking

Is there human trafficking here in Portland? Yes! And if we ignore this problem, it will not go away.

Please listen to Tillicum Wawa: Voices of the People, for an interview with Jeri Williams, a Native American activist against human trafficking. Jeri will tell us her inspiring story of survival and talk about her involvement with the Northwest Coalition Against Trafficking Conference being held in Portland.

So tune in to Tillicum Wawa on Thursday, Jan 12 to hear about this important issue.

Tillicum Wawa on 09/15/11

Air date: 
Thu, 09/15/2011 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
Jan Michael Lookingwolf plays music live and gets interviewed.

Tune in on Thursday, September 15, from 6-7pm when Tillicum Wawa: Voices of the People welcomes Native American Music Awards winner Jan Michael Lookingwolf.

Jan Michael Lookingwolf is not only known for his amazing flute playing, but also for his blues and rock and roll talent on guitar and vocals. He has many CDs out that can be found on his website (http://www.lookingwolf.com/) and elsewhere.

Tillicum Wawa airs every Thursday from 6-7pm on KBOO, 90.7fm and is Eugene Johnson, Shusli Baseler-Johnson, and Vicki "Redwillow" Creel.

Tillicum Wawa on 09/01/11

Air date: 
Thu, 09/01/2011 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
Interview with Casper Lomayesva, Hopi/Dine Reggae Artist

Tune in to "Tillicum Wawa: Voices of the People," on September 1, for an interview with Hopi/Dine Reggae Artist, Casper Lomayesva. Casper has a new CD out called "Brothers Keeper." Casper has been playing Reggae for 15 years and recently played at the Northwest World Reggae Festival in Eugene.

"Tillicum Wawa: Voices of the People," is Eugene Johnson, Shusli Baseler-Johnson, and Redwillow. The show airs every Thursday from 6-7pm.

Tillicum Wawa on 08/25/11

Air date: 
Thu, 08/25/2011 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
Interview with Phillip Charette and Alex Ellison who produced a Yupik/Inuit hip-hop album

Tune into "Tillicum Wawa: Voices of the People," on Thursday, August 25th from 6-7pm for an interview with Phillip John Aarnaquq Charette about his new (and first) Yupik/Inuit Hip-Hop collaboration CD titled TENGAURTUKUT. We will have Phillip on the phone and his CD collaborator, Alex Ellison, in the studio. TILLICUM WAWA WILL BE THE FIRST PROGRAM TO AIR THIS NEW MUSIC! Phillip is also a well known mask maker, as you can see from the photograph.

Tillicum Wawa on 07/28/11

Air date: 
Thu, 07/28/2011 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
Diabetes Special

Tune into KBOO on Thursday, July 28, for a Diabetes Special program on "Tillicum Wawa, Voices of the People."


We will have Alison Goerl and Ruth Ann McGovern (and possibly some patients) from the Native American Rehabilitation Program's Diabetes Program to discuss this rampant health problem as American Indians have some of the highest rates of diabetes in the nation.

Tillicum Wawa on 07/21/11

Air date: 
Thu, 07/21/2011 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
Joy Harjo live in the studio

This Thursday, July 21st, Joy Harjo will be joining "Tillicum Wawa: Voices of the People." Joy Harjo won a NAMMY (Native American Music Award) for Best Female Artist in 2009. Joy is a talented saxophone player, poet, author and so much more. She has a new CD out titled "Red Dreams: a Trail Beyond Tears."

Tillicum Wawa on 07/14/11

Air date: 
Thu, 07/14/2011 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
Housing Fair interview

Tune in to "Tillicum Wawa: Voices of the People," tonight, July 14, for an interview with Sara Libby, the homeownership program manager for the Native American Youth and Family Center. She will be discussing the Housing Fair that they will be hosting on July 30.

Tillicum Wawa airs every Thursday from 6-7pm on KBOO, 90.7fm.

Tillicum Wawa on 07/07/11

Air date: 
Thu, 07/07/2011 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
Interview with Michelle Singer and musical guest, Tony Garcia
 Tune in on Thursday, July 7, when "Tillicum Wawa: Voices of the People," interviews Michelle Singer from the One Sky Center, a Native American health organization, to discuss upcoming conferneces in the area and other health issues in Native America.
We will also have a live musical guest, Tony Garcia, who will play guitar and sing a few songs, one about racism against the inidigenous.<

Tillicum Wawa on 03/10/11

Air date: 
Thu, 03/10/2011 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
Interviews with Linda Meanus and Trish Jordan

Celilo Falls and Red Lodge

On Thursday, March 10, Tillicum Wawa: Voices of the People, will be interviewing Linda Meanus and Trish Jordan.

Linda Meanus is the granddaughter of Chief Tommy Thompson, the Fishing Chief of Celilo village at the time of the flooding by the United States Government on March 10, 1957. We will discuss the anniversary date and the upcoming fishing ceremony, and what this loss has meant to her and the people of Celilo.


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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