Wisdom of the EldersThe Seventh Annual Northwest Indian Storytelling Festival is scheduled for October 26-28, 2012 at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon. The NISA Emerging Tribal Storytellers Workshop is Saturday, October 27 and Sunday, October 28, 2012.

We extend warm greetings to Native American community members interested in knowing more about Native American culture and heritage to join us for the Emerging Tribal Storytellers Workshop. Workshop registration is available here. When you register, you will receive a free pass to attend the entire weekend of festival events.

Sign up here to become a member of NISA and join us at this year’s Storytelling Festival and Emerging Tribal Storytellers Workshop. This includes:

  • 2 evenings of festival events Friday and Saturday
  • 2 salmon dinners Friday and Saturday prior to the festival
  • 3 additional home cooked meals during the Saturday and Sunday workshops
  • 2 days of workshops events on Saturday and Sunday including the Emerging Tribal Storytellers Matinee on Sunday afternoon

Registration is only $40 plus an item for our silent auction to help fund the festival.  A limited number of scholarships are available. Let us know if you need a scholarship.

Hotel accommodations are available:

1) PSU’s University Place Hotel (310 SW Lincoln St. 97201). Call (503) 221-0140. $89 + tax per night for up to 4 guests.
2) Super 8 Gresham (121 NE 181st Ave, Gresham, OR 97230). Call (503) 661-5100. $42+ tax per night for up to 2 guests.

The storytelling festival is sponsored by the Northwest Indian Storytellers Association, Portland State University’s Indigenous Nations Studies Program and Native American Student and Community Center, and Wisdom of the Elders, Inc. 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. We hold storytelling festivals in Portland each fall with plans to hold a festival annually in Seattle, Washington every November.

Please join us for a weekend of tribal culture and learning. You can register online or contact Rebecca at NISA@wisdomoftheelders.org (503-775-4014) and request a NISA membership form and festival/workshop registration information. If you have additional questions, please feel free to ask her.

Dogidinh (“thank you” in Deg Hit’an Dine)

Rose High Bear (Deg Hit’an Dine) Executive Director / Executive Producer