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The public is invited to attend the Fourth Annual Tribal Storytelling Festival and Symposium being held on Friday and Saturday evenings, November 13-14, 2009 at 7:30 PM. A Tribal Storytellers Symposium will be Sunday, 15 November from 1:30 - 4 PM. All events will be at Lewis and Clark College's Agnes Flanagan Chapel, 0615 SW Palatine Hill Road, Portland, OR 97219 (for a campus map go to www.lclark.edu/visit/directions).
This year's festival will celebrate storytelling season in the Pacific Northwest and beyond, featuring some of the region's finest traditional Northwest tribal storytellers. Special guest storytellers from Alaska and California will also be presenting stories from their tribal heritage. Events will include tribal drumming, singing and inspirational messages from tribal elders.

The Northwest Indian Storytellers Association (NISA) was formed in October 2005 to encourage, preserve and strengthen traditional storytelling among tribes in Oregon, Washington and Idaho, and to share tribal oral cultural arts with the entire regional community. Funding has been provided in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, United Way of the Columbia-Willamette, McKenzie River Gathering Foundation, Regional Arts and Culture Council, and the Multnomah County Cultural Coalition. Festival hosts include the Indigenous Ways of Knowing Program at Lewis and Clark College and Wisdom of the Elders, Inc.

Tickets will be available at the door on a sliding scale (suggested from $5 to $20 per ticket). Our Silent Charity Auction will be held during the Friday and Saturday evening festival events for those who want to bid on Pendleton Legendary Design blankets & clothing, Native American arts & crafts, getaways, & other special items. Proceeds will help fund the festival and the emerging tribal storyteller trainings being held over the weekend by the Northwest Indian Storytellers Association.

We request that our friends forward this announcement to their communities, and print and post this announcement along with the attached poster at their work place and meeting places. Look for more information and announcements about the festival at this website shortly. For more info, you may also contact NISA 503.768.6155 or e-mail  NISA@wisdomoftheelders.org.

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