Radio Production Team

Executive Producer Rose High Bear

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Rose High Bear (Deg Hit’an Dine or Alaskan Athabaskan), Executive Producer of the national public radio program series, Wisdom of the Elders, has developed the concepts for the project and its six features. She has raised funds for the current Native American cultural magazine radio series, recorded most of the archival audio material, and expanded Wisdom…

Arlie Neskahi

Arlie Neskahi

Wisdom of the Elders host Arlie Neskahi (Diné Nation) is an award-winning composer, musician and recording artist. Neskahi is also widely known for storytelling and his knowledge of traditional Native American culture, music and spirituality. Neskahi is a teacher of traditional style musical traditions as well as multicultural educator and trainer at universities and colleges and…

Brian Bull

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Producer Brian Bull (Nez Perce), has been involved in public radio for nearly 20 years. He’s worked with public radio stations in Minnesota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, and now 90.3 WCPN ideastream in Cleveland, Ohio. Bull has completed freelance work for PBS, Minnesota Public Radio, NPR’s Cultural Desk, and Morning Edition. Bull’s reporting has earned him numerous honors, including…

Judy Bluehorse Skelton

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Educator and herbalist, Judy BlueHorse Skelton (Nez Perce/Cherokee), shares her knowledge of plants and their role in community healing at conferences, institutions and tribal gatherings.  For 15 years she was the Cultural Student Support Specialist with Portland Public Schools Indian Education program, creating curriculum and leading cultural activities focusing on the traditional and contemporary uses of…

Nico Wind

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Nico Wind (Assiniboine/Ojibwa) has been with Wisdom of the Elders since 2002. Nico helped develop the radio program, Wisdom of the Elders Radio Program by co-producing the radio segment Tribal Rhythms. She wrote, performed and produced the theme song for the radio series; provided the vocables to the “Water Loon song” intro to Discovering Our Story…

Lawrence Johnson

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Lawrence Johnson is highly respected by Native American tribes for his cultural sensitivity and knowledge, as well as his collaborative skills with Native American people. He also has demonstrated the high standard of his production skills and a gift for scripting. Johnson’s radio program Work Is Our Joy won the 1991 golden Reel for Local…

Clark Salisbury

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Clark Salisbury’s work includes sound design for electronic instruments, producer and engineer at his own project studio and on call, teacher and musician. Salisbury is the studio engineer for Wisdom of the Elders Radio, and has many hours logged with independent radio producers of all kinds. He co-produced Coming Home: The Return of the Alutiiq Masks,…

William Ward

William Ward serves as Recording Engineer on location for Wisdom of the Elders. He has worked at Oregon Public Broadcasting for twelve years in various capacities, including Director, Assistant Director, Audio Engineer, Camera Operator and Key Grip. Ward’s honors include a regional Emmy for his contributions to sound and additional videography on Rose City Remembered,…

Anne Morin

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Writer Anne Morin is responsible for researching and writing the popular Tribal Rhythms feature on Wisdom of the Elders. Educated in Virginia, Oregon and Montana, Morin’s life has been primarily focused in the field of learning. She has taught at Adams High School in Portland, Oregon, Portland State University and Hays/Lodge Pole High School at…

Daniel Dixon

Daniel Dixon (Menominee & Mohican), Multimedia Production Coordinator

Daniel Dixon (Menominee/Stockbridge-Munsee Mohican) produces television, video, and radio; provides IT Admin, graphic design, strategic communications, online presence support, and maintains digital archives, while pursuing interests in physics, music, art, digital storytelling, game design, and indigenous language preservation and revitalization.

Judy Trejo

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The late song-carrier and storyteller Judy Trejo, from the Summit Lake Paiute tribe of Nevada, has sung traditional songs since infancy. Trejo was a member of the Native American Church, and was a retired school teacher. She had a Master’s in Counseling, and has taught the Paiute language at the college level. She has published a book…

Milt and Jamie Lee

Milt and Jamie Lee

Milt Lee (Lakota), Director of Lee Productions, produced Oyate Ta Olowan, the 52 part documentary series on traditional Native American music which ws distributed by PRI, AIROS, Radio for Peace International funded by CPB and NEA. Recipient of five Golden Reel Awards from NFCB and 2 Silver awards from AMI for radio documentaries produced between…

Bruce Crespin

We’re saddened to announce the passing of Bruce Crespin, a treasured member of the Wisdom of the Elders family. Bruce died of heart failure following an asthma attack in late July 2008. Bruce produced the Artist’s Circle feature for Wisdom of the Elders Radio and was a tireless worker on numerous Wisdom of the Elders…

Barbara Roberts

Producer Barbara Roberts Barbara Roberts is the creative force behind Corporate Wordsmiths. She is the company’s founder and head-writer. After graduating from Harvard University, Barbara enjoyed a successful career in television for 15 years. Seven of those years were spent in Portland, Oregon as a reporter/anchor at KATU-Channel 2 and then KPTV-Oregon’s 12. In 1998,…