Series One

Program 101: The Sacred Earth

Kiowa tribal elders in ceremonial dress  Photo courtesy of the Oklahoma Historical Society

Kiowa tribal elders in ceremonial dress Photo courtesy of the Oklahoma Historical Society

Elder Wisdom:
Barbara Roberts features Pulitzer Prize winning author and poet, N. Scott Momaday who shares narrative, storytelling and poetry. The program features the landscape of Momaday’s childhood in Oklahoma which helped him develop a deep affinity for Kiowa sacred ground. The program includes mention of the Kiowa Gourd Dance society and a reading of the Navajo Night Chant.

Artist’s Spotlight:
Wisdom of the Elders’ theme song, Wisdom of the Elders, is introduced, written and performed by WISDOM’s Music Director, Nico Wind.

Health and Healing:
Judy Bluehorse Skelton discusses indigenous way of developing a relationship with the plant world and native herbalists’ lifetime commitment to herbal medicine.

Tribal Rhythms:
Nico Wind shares the origin and relevant music segues from the Kiowa Goard Dance Society including the story of a warrior’s encounter with a red wolf. She tells the story of how the warrior was taught songs and dance and instructed to use them to honor Kiowa warriors for bravery and deeds in battle.

Taheebvu Chadi:
Song carrier Judy Trejo shares stories of her lineage as a Northern Paiute and Pitt River Indian, her ability as a child to heal wild pets, and her relationship with her great grandmother who was a healer.