Hear Northern Paiute Storyteller Wilson Wewa at the High Desert Music Hall. This is an in-person program.
Masks are recommended at all in-person library events.
Wilson Wewa has been involved with tribal language, culture and lifeways throughout his life. He was raised on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation in Central Oregon. As a child he spent countless hours hearing the stories of his family, tribe and past lifeways as they pertained to his life. Later, Wilson traveled extensively with his family and especially his grandmother to other parts of the Great Basin where he met many other Northern Paiute elders that added to his knowledge of his people.
He continues to be called upon by his people as an orator, storyteller and funerary officiate. Wilson works for the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs as the Senior Wellness Coordinator, a position he has held since 1980, and is consulted by other tribes and organizations in the United States on elders' issues.
More recently, he was invited as a guest lecturer to the prestigious College of Willian & Mary in Virginia to speak on Native American issues that related to health, spirituality, environment and treaty rights as they pertain to water and land. He also works with the University of Oregon and Oregon State University as a consultant on Northern Paiute history and ethnobotany.
Doors open at 6 PM. Doors will close at 7:15 PM. We ask that you remain seated throughout the presentation apart from emergencies. We invite everyone into this space and ask that the space is honored and respected. We invite you to listen and be present. Please silence your cell phones for the presentation.