Series 1, Program 7: Tribute to Native Artists*


Elder Wisdom Feature: Lillian Pitt

Barbara Roberts features world-renowned mask maker and artist, Lillian Pitt. Ms. Pitt shares how her art reflects her cultural heritage as a Wasco, background on some of her masks, especially of the famous Columbia River petroglyph, "She Who Watches."

Health and Healing

Judy Bluehorse Skelton shares that the healing arts take many forms and can be found in abundance throughout the natural world. Today she reveals the art of making and using essential oils and shares how the beauty and aroma of flowers and trees offer healing of our physical as well as our emotional, mental and spiritual health.


Tribal Rhythms

This feature spotlights several contemporary musicians, describing and playing their music as a diverse expression of art. Nico Wind introduces us to several contemporary native artists who are pushing the boundaries of music with infusions of jazz, blues, country, rap and classical expression.

Taheebvu Chadi

Song carrier Judy Trejo shares the Paiute Flood story about Creator bringing sagebrush to the people and how the story as well as the sagebrush baskets made by the Paiute people contributed to their art.

Turtle Island Storytellers

Ed Edmo, of Shoshone-Bannock, Yakama, Nez Perce and French descent, tells traditional legends from the Columbia River Gorge located in the Pacific Northwest. Ed tells how, as a young boy, he sat at the feet of his father and his grandmother as they told these stories of their ancestors. Special attention is paid to ancient rock art and the legend behind the famous Columbia River petroglyph "She Who Watches."

* Segment transcripts and participant biographies can be found on the Wisdom of the Elders Web site.