The Northwest Indian Storytelling Association (NISA) 2013 Festival and Emerging Tribal Storytellers Workshops celebrated our eighth season of tribal storytelling in the Pacific Northwest. With friends and relatives joining us from around the region of our Pacific Northwest, generations came together to listen to and learn from one another, the craft of traditional storytelling woven into each day.
This year’s festival featured some of the Northwest’s finest traditional tellers, including Roger Fernandes (Lower Elwha S’Klallam), who captivates with vivid and colorful tales; Elaine Grinnell (Jamestown S’Klallam), whose warmth and sense of humor wrap you up and hold you close; and Toby Joseph (Apache/Ute), whose stories touch the heart, as at a recent gathering, draped with his children, opening with, “…a long time ago, when the animals could speak and when people would listen…”. Traditional drumming and singing, with opening prayer and commentary by treasured native elders are integral to the events.
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The Northwest Indian Storytellers Association (NISA) was formed in 2005 to encourage, preserve and strengthen traditional storytelling among tribes in Oregon, Washington and Idaho, and to share tribal oral cultural arts with our entire regional community.
Sponsors of NISA include Northwest Indian College (NWIC), Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA), Portland Community College Native Nations, Portland Art Museum Native American Art Council, KBOO Community Radio 90.7 FM, Northwest Indian Storytellers Association (NISA), and Wisdom of the Elders, Inc. Funding provided by National Endowment for the Arts, and Multnomah County Cultural Coalition.