Eighth Annual Northwest Indian Storytelling Festival

Fri, 10/18/2013 - 7:30pm - Sun, 10/20/2013 - 5:00pm

This year's Northwest Indian Storytelling Festival celebrates our eighth season of Traditional storytelling in the Pacific Northwest. The festival will be held October 18th at the PCC Cascade Campus, and Octobe r19, and 20 at the Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA).

Story telling events begin at 7:30p.m. The Emerging Tribal Storytellers matinee will be held at NAYA at 1:00 PM on Sunday. Ticket prices range from $5 to $20 on a sliding scale, with no one turned away due to lack of funds.

Among native people throughout North America, winter is storytelling time. Wisdom and knowledge, traditional cultural values and spiritual qualities, oral history and prophecy, have all been passed down by our treasured elders, generation to generation, during the long nights of winter. This year’s festival features some of the Northwest’s most gifted tribal tellers, including Roger Fernandes (Lower Elwah S'Klallam) Who captivates with vivid and colorful tales; Elaine Grinnell (Jamestown S'Klallam)whose sense of humor is a crowd-­-pleaser; Esther Stutzman (Komemma Kalapuya/Coos) who generously shares stories from Oregon’s Willamette Valley ;and Toby Joseph (Apache/Ute) whose stories touch the heart. Tribal drumming and singing, and opening prayer and commentary by treasured Native elders always open the events. Silent auction will also be held to benefit the Northwest Indian Storytellers Association(NISA). More info can be found at http://wisdomoftheelders.org/nisacontact nisa@wisdomoftheelders.org, or (503)775-­-4014. Special thanks to our sponsors: National Endowment for the Arts, Multnomah County Cultural Coalition, Portland Art Museum Native American Art Council, Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA), Portland Community College, KBOO Community Radio 90.7, Northwest Indian Storytellers Association (NISA), and Wisdom of The Elders. Festival events contribute to Wisdom's mission of Native American cultural sustainability, education and race reconciliation.
Friday Evening, PCC Cascade: 705 N Killingsworth St., Portland, OR 97217 Saturday Evening: NAYA: 5135 NE Columbia Blvd., Portland, OR 97218
(503) 775-­‐4014


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