On today’s episode, you’re going to hear something most people never get a chance to hear—extended excerpts of stories in a traditional Native language of the Northwest, specifically the Nimiipuu, or Nez Perce people. We’ll listen to Harry Slickpoo Jr. who is a traditional storyteller and member of the Nez Perce Tribe.
In this episode, we get to hear traditional stories from Ciarra Greene (Nimiipuu/Nez Perce Tribe). Her academic background is in chemistry and environmental science.
As Sarah Vowell relates in this excerpt, humans deserve a bit of joy and you can find that in the story of jazz.
Sarah Vowell describes how measles, vaccines, and land grant universities are intertwined.
Sarah Vowell describes the multitude of histories in the story of the transcontinental railroads, including Chinese laborers, Westward expansion, and dispossession of Native land.
Sarah Vowell relates how someone can just be themselves at Confluence sites.
Sarah Vowell talks about storytelling within nonfiction and history.
In the this Confluence Story Collection, we explore how stories have always defined our relationship with the Earth and with each other. Indigenous oral histories have been dismissively called “myths.” Yet there are universal truths in these real stories backed up by today’s science.
Tanna Engdahl discusses the movements of the sky, origin stories, and how words passed on knowledge.
The Book of Legends is from the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, which Confluence has permission to share on our Library.
Tony Johnson explains how traditional stories tell of reality and are more than “myths.”
in this excerpt, Dr. Virginia Beavert tells how rattlesnake challenged eel to race, to try to steal eel’s identity.
Greg Archuleta (Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde) talks about the importance of Victoria Howard’s Coyote stories and relates one.
Bryson Liberty (Cayuse, Umatilla, Walla Walla) talks about funny stories from Celilo Falls, including a man who regularly fell in and a man who crawled across Celilo Falls for a date.
Tony Johnson (Chinook) talks about connections to land, place, and stories.
Ray Gardner tells the story of Qoots-hoi and Toölux, and how the first salmon caught turned into a thunderbird whose eggs formed humanity. He also talks about salmon catching ceremony. Fully subtitled.
American Buffalo, or bison, was a staple of many Native diets, but had disappeared by the 1820s from most places west of the Clark Fork. Modern revival efforts by the Yakama nation have brought bison back.
This is an excerpt from an interview with Chief Delvis Heath. Chief Delvis Heath tells a story of elderly Native woman who predicted the coming of the pioneers and later, the end of the world.