Tag Archives: Native Storyteller

C. Wade Green on Make No Bones About It. September 1, 2019 4pm

I am C. Wade Greene, traditional name TEW*HEW*HA*AHTSEE. I am from the village of wa’atch, one of the 5 villages of makah. My father’s father’s father come from here. I come from a line of singers and speakers and MC’s. My mother’s family comes from ba’adah another one of makahs 5 villages. I began as a Carver. Masks, paddles rattles and ceremonial headdress masks. In 2002 i began 2 dimensional work and began a company NATIVES WEAR, silk screened clothing with native designs. At the same time i started working with silver gold and copper. I have made vests, dance shawls and traditional dance gear. Made huge murals and carved totem poles as well as tiny masks and mini pieces. Even as an instructor i have never stopped being a student. Learning never ceases.

Raven visits with Peter Ali on “Make No Bones About It.” March 22, 2015 at 4-5pm


Peter Ali is  a well known Native American Flutist, a teacher,  storyteller  and more. Learn about Peter Ali this week on KAOS 89.3 fm , Olympia.

Gene Tagaban on the next “Make No Bones About It.” July 6th, 2014, 4:30 pm


           “You are a storyteller.
Your life is a story.
Tell a good story.”

~ Gene Tagaban


As a young child, I listened to stories of Raven from my grandmother.
I heard the story of how Raven freed the Stars, Moon, and Sun into the nighttime sky and opened the Box of Daylight. The people saw this daylight and they were able to see their world clearly for the first time.  They marveled at the beauty of it. I heard the story about the time Raven was looking out to sea and saw an island of fire throwing flames into the sky. Hawk helped Raven get that fire.  Raven, he took that fire, and he threw it into the rocks, the trees, the water, the animals and into all of the human beings. Now we all have that fire. Now we all have that spirit.
In the words of my grandmother, “You are the light of the world, share your light and light the fire in the hearts of the people. You will see their spirits shine.”

Gene Tagaban





Ravenspeaker on Make No Bones About It. December 22, 2013 at 5pm


Native Storytelling, Choreography and Cultural Events Planning

Who is Ravenspeaker?
Ravenspeaker is the stage name for Robert Frederiksen an Alaskan Tsimshian storyteller of the Raven Clan. He was born and raised in Seattle, Washington and has travelled all over North America as a recognized Culture Bearer for the Northwest Coast’s First Peoples.
He began by accident as a teenager when a group of dancers needed someone to fill time on stage between sets. Although considered very young at the time he proved worthy of the honor by crafting a spell binding version of the Culture’s most famous legend ‘The Box of Daylight’. He very quickly found himself in demand as a stand alone performer and brought his talents to conventions, businesses, festivals and other gatherings all over the Pacific Northwest.
With his obvious stage presence he was offered roles in such films and Television Programs as “The Spirit of the Eagle”, “The Creative Native” and even appeared in several local theater productions. To this day Ravenspeaker is one of two featured storytellers in the Burke Museum’s storytelling exhibit.
Ravenspeaker has created songs and dances for some of the Northwest Coast’s most well known Native Dance troupes. Most notably he was one of the founders of Tsimshian Hayuuk, created and directed the Children of the Mist Youth Dance Team and helped organize Lugulm Goodm of Vancouver BC. His proudest achievement in this medium was the fusion of ballet and traditional Northwest Coast Indian Dance in “Seattle’s Fantastic Shoppe” with the late John Wilkins of the Olympic Ballet Theater.
Events Planning
Ravenspeaker assisted in the planning of several Potlatches in Washington, Alaska and Canada. He took the lead in organizing Potlatches for the Muckelshoot Tribal School and for Indian Heritage High School.
He also created the Northwest Coast cultural component of the Seattle Aquarium’s Salmon Homecoming Celebration and ran that event for several years from 1996 through 2001.
Other Data:
His ceremonial name is Ma’alsgm Gaak (Raven Narrates). He has one son, Jade, of the Eagle Clan (Most Northwest Coast Natives reckon lineage through the maternal line) who is learning storytelling and dance at the tender age of ten and is also available for certain venues.
Ravenspeaker can be contacted at 425.329.9830 or by email at ravenspeaker@msn.com
Toiksn ada saa aam hla waan. (Thank you and may your good name go with you)

Harvest Moon on the next Make No Bones About It. November 24, 2013 at 4pm


Harvest Moon is a Quinault Ambassador, historian, basket weaver and storyteller whose name means “A light shining forth in the midst of darkness”. She has been telling stories over half her lifetime, ones that will make you laugh, cry and will move you. She speaks from her heart and spirit, leaving people looking at a different perspective of the Northwest Coast Native Americans. She has received the “Peace and Friendship Award”, from the Washington State Historical Society in recognition of significant contributions to the understanding of N.W. Indian Heritage and has served two terms for “The Washington Commission for the Humanities.” In addition, Harvest Moon has received grants from the Seattle Arts Commission, Bainbridge Island Arts and Humanities and Heritage Arts Council for “Artist in Residency” through out Washington Schools.


Roger Fernandes on Make No Bones About It. Dec 16th, 2012 @5:15 PM.


Roger Fernandes, master storyteller, Lower Elwha S’Klallam.
Roger Fernandes, or Kawasa, is a member of the Lower Elwha Band of the S’Klallam Indians from the Port Angeles, Washington area. He describes himself as an urban Indian as his mother, Violet Charles, moved to the city of Seattle where he was born in 1951. English surnames are common in the Puget Sound region and his family name is Charles. His great-grandmother was Annie Ned from Sequim, who married into the Makah tribe and moved to Neah Bay, the h
ome of the Makah people on the northern Olympia Peninsula. He is from a family of four brothers who are all active doing various cultural things like singing, basket making, artwork and storytelling.

Today the Lower S’Klallam are at the north end of the Olympic Peninsula in Washington just north of the Olympic Mountains foothills and the shores of the Straits of San Juan De Fuca. The reservation is about ten miles outside of Port Angeles, Washington.

Roger has been storytelling for about seven or eight years. The stories he started with were simple legends. Through his own interest and doors being opened by understanding those stories he moved into telling myths, creation stories, flood stories, and hero stories. In sharing these types of stories Native people can teach non-Natives about the aspects of their culture that go beyond food, shelter, and clothing. These stories actually define the culture of the tellers.

A story he shares of his tribe is how the S’Klallam people got their name. Stories incorporate songs and dances as an integral part when being told and are included in several stories that he tells. In the course of learning Native American stories, Roger has integrated stories he has learned from other cultures around the world like Mexico, Africa and Asia. All stories speak the same human language and teach same lessons.

Also a tribal historian, Roger gives a comprehensive multimedia presentation on the art of the Coast Salish people, including slides showing that the art of the Salish people. Their art is quite a bit different than that of the stereotypical northwest coastal Indian art like totem poles, masks and button blankets. He’s accumulated artifacts and artwork to show how the native people of this area created their designs, art, basketry and carving. A couple of other topics Roger uses is the environment and health and healing. He believes art, music and stories reflect the culture and the culture reflects the environment. Spiritual health that people need is told in stories that convey how a human being is to live in balance with family, community, and nature. Stories lead to a spiritual and emotional understanding on how to live in the world.

Roger is involved in art organizations and initiatives by and for Native American artists. He’s the Executive Director of South Wind Native Arts and Education Foundation a small grass roots non-profit and he’s on the arts advisory committee for the Potlatch Fund. He has recorded a CD ‘Teachings of the First People’ that shares several of the stories he tells in his performances. He won a folk life award from the Washington Arts Commission for his work in teaching about Coast Salish art. He also has a degree in Native American Studies from the Evergreen State College.

Roger does a lot of work in schools and tailors his presentations to young people. Children understand stories at one level and so he gives them access to stories that are easy to interpret. Native people call their stories “the teachings” as they are the fundamental way of teaching children. He likes them to be involved in the interpretive process. Elders have another level of understanding and bring a lot of wisdom and knowledge to any discussion so a strength that should be built on is the cross generational experience in storytelling. His audiences include community groups such as schools, libraries, parks departments, senior centers and open forum presentations that are geared towards a general audience.

Roger Fernandes
821 209 th Ave NE
Sammamish, WA 98074

PHOTO BY Alex Garla

Paul “Che oke ten” Wagner on Make No Bones About It-3-25-2012 5pm

Paul “Che oke ten” Wagner is an internationally-performing ambassador of the traditional songs & stories of his Coast Salish tribal ancestors. He enjoys sharing the warmth, humor & wisdom of these beautiful “teachings,” as they are know in the sacred tradition of his people, in an engaging & interactive way, interweaving his Spirit-gifted songs on Native American flute, along with traditional tribal drum songs. An award-winning Native American flutist, his instrumental songs have come to him with visions of healing & prayer for all relations (tree people, animal people, human people).

Che oke ten hails from the Wsaanich (Saanich) tribe of southern Vancouver Island, British Columbia, whose spirit helpers are the Thunderbird & the Whale. His ancestral name, “Che oke ten” carries the meaning of a feeling of “watching over & caring for the people & things you love for a thousand seasons.”

Che oke ten’s performing art has evolved into a feast for the senses, incorporating live sampling sound equipment to interlace Native flute, drum, voice & other musical instruments into a mesmerizing backdrop to the traditional spoken-word stories… accompanied by visual high-resolution projection of his stunning & surreal nature photography & videography work, which encapsulates the incredible beauty of the natural world so important to his culture.

Che oke ten’s traditional training & immersion in his tribal language enable him to share the teachings & Sacred Breath tradition of many generations of previous storytellers. He has a deep connection with the stories & ancient ways, understanding the profound life-changing effects they can have on people of all ages & cultures. He feels it is important to keep the indigenous teachings alive in the hearts of the people of today’s world & to honor the original ancestors of the place in which any gathering of peoples occurs.

Che oke ten’s debut Native flute CD “Journey of the Spirit” has been honored by the “Best Native American Album of 2009” JPF Award, a CD-Baby-affiliated international award involving both people’s choice voting & industry critic panel selection & judging. It has currently sold more than 1,000 copies. His available recordings also include “Prophecy Teachings of the First Peoples of the Northwest Coast” (a collaboration with his cousin, Johnny Moses), & a limited-edition solo storytelling CD entitled, “Creation Stories.”

Che oke ten’s current projects include a DVD featuring his breathtaking high-resolution nature videography & photography work to be accompanied by his original Native flute music (plus other instruments); a new Native flute CD; and plans for a second tour of Japan.

Che oke ten has shared the stage & collaborated with many prominent artists such as Eyvind Kang, Gina Sala, Bill Frisell, Andre Feriante & Charlie Hill. His international performances have included the Mongolian Peoples Federation for World Peace Conference in Seoul, Korea, a recent successful six-city tour of Japan, & many venues in British Columbia. Currently in residence in the Seattle, WA area, he also performs extensively throughout the Pacific Northwest region of the United States.

His recent performances include:

  • Mongolian People’s Federation for World Peace; Seoul, South Korea
  • CSL Sacred Music Festival; Seattle, WA
  • Pakistan Earthquake Relief Benefit; Redmond, WA
  • Olympic College; Bremerton, WA
  • Opening Ceremony for Fibers of Life Exhibit; Skagit County Historical Museum, La Conner, WA
  • Oregon Country Fair; Eugene, OR
  • Seattle Folklife Festival; Seattle, WA
  • Women of Wisdom Conference; Seattle, WA
  • World Rhythm Festival; Seattle, WA
  • World Sacred Music Festival; Olympia, WA
  • Faerieworlds Festival; Eugene, OR
  • King County Library System’s ‘Many Voices, One Land’ Children’s Program
  • Native Arts & Music Festival; Tacoma, WA
  • Redmond City Hall Opening Ceremony; Redmond, WA
  • Spokane Fall Folk Festival; Spokane


Joseph Marshall III on “Make No Bones About It.” 9-11-2011 5pm

Joseph Marshall III

Joseph Marshall III was born and raised on the Rosebud Sioux Indian Reservation and is an enrolled member of the Sicangu Lakota (Rosebud Sioux) tribe. Because he was raised in a traditional Lakota household by his maternal grandparents, his first language is Lakota. In that environment he also learned the ancient tradition of oral storytelling.
Joseph taught at the high school and college levels, and developed native studies curriculum as well. For several years he worked for the Rosebud Sioux Tribe. Now he writes full time, having published nine nonfiction works, three novels, a collection of short stories and essays, and has written several screenplays. Many of his books are published in foreign countries, including France, Germany, Italy, Bulgaria, Korea, China, Japan, Romania, Brazil, Spain, and Israel. Joseph has won several awards for his books, both for the text and audio versions.

Due for publication in 2012 are Returning to the Lakota Way: Old Values to Save the Modern Work, from Hay House, a sequel to the very popular The Lakota Way: Stories and Lessons for Living; and Life Lessons from the Bow and Arrow (working title) from Sounds True.

Joseph has appeared in several television documentaries, served as technical advisor for movies, and had a role in a major television network mini-series. He was a technical advisor and narrator for the Turner Network Television (TNT) and Dreamworks Television six-part mini-series Into the West, as well as playing the on-screen role of “Loved by the Buffalo,” a Lakota medicine man. He is also a practitioner of primitive Lakota archery, having learned from his maternal grandfather the art of hand crafting bows and arrows. Joseph is also a specialist in wilderness survival.

One of his most treasured and meaningful experiences was to be one of the founders of Sinte Gleska University (1971) on the Rosebud Reservation. He is one of the Charter Board Members.

As a speaker and lecturer he as appeared in many venues throughout the United States and in countries such as France, Sweden, and Siberia.

Joseph and his wife Connie (also his literary agent and manger) are the parents of a blended family of nine, and have sixteen grandchildren.

Joesph Marshall III

The Magic of Swil Kanim on KAOS 89.3 FM

Sunday, December 5 · 5:00pm – 6:00pm Tune in with Raven and his guest Swil Kanim. Swil Kanim is a violinist and member of the Lummi Nation, located in Washington state. Learn more about his music, and hear some of his stories that transformed people and their lives for decades.

Swil Kanim has been featured on KIRO TV NEWS, National Public Radio’s Earth on the Air, Northwest Public Radio, NW Cable News Network and the Canadian Chum Network’s New Canoe.

In addition t…o working in 24 episodes of CBS’s Northern Exposure, his music and acting ability were highlighted by starring in Sherman Alexie’s critically acclaimed The Business of FancyDancing.

He was selected to perform as part of the Bellingham’s Sister City Program in Teteyama, Japan where he continued on to Seoul, Korea for a memorial/reunion concert for orphans of the Korean Conflict.

The Indigo Girls asked Swil Kanim to be their opening act in Seattle to kick off the Honor the Earth Concert tour of North America.

Swil Kanim also performed for five years with the Growth and Prevention Theater Company (GAP Theater), based out of Seattle. The GAP Theater Company presented professional plays about racism and varying forms of bigotry for institutions across the Great Northwest.

He has done school assemblies for elementary and secondary education in Washington State, British Columbia, Canada, and in Sitka Alaska.

He has performed for the staff and participants of Re-habilitation Centers across the state of Washington.

At the American Indian Film Awards in San Francisco, Swil Kanim has been a featured performer since 2003 , he was featured on the soundtrack of a documentary about Indian Boarding Schools, which won the Best Documentary award.

Swil Kanim has received the Certificate of Virtuosity from the Whatcom Chapter
of the Washington State Music Teachers Association, the Bellingham Municipal Arts Award for Promoting Self-Expression in Community, and Woodring College of Education Professional Excellence Award.

In 2004, 2007 and 2008 he performed with Classical Guitarist Andre Feriante and Cellist Paulo Cesar at Benaroya Recital Hall in Seattle, WA

Swil Kanim has collaborated with Pianist David Lanz and Flutist Gary Stroutsos on two CD’s; Spirit Romance and Heart of the Bitterroot.

In April, 2008 Swil Kanim performed at the West Coast American Indian Music Awards where he was presented with both the Classic Award and Traditional Instrument Award. Also in April of 2008, Swil Kanim was invited to perform for the Dalai Lama at Key Arena in Seattle for The Seeds of Compassion event.

November 2008 Swil Kanim performed four “sold out” shows at the Smithsonian’s Museum of the American Indian in Washington DC..

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An Evening with Che oke’ ten (Paul Wagner)

Sunday, November 21 · 5:00pm – 6:00pm Join Raven and his guest Che oke’ ten as Raven finds out about Che oke’ ten concert tour in Japan and his solo flute CD (journey of the spirit) that won the 2009 JPF National music award for best Native American Album.

More on Che oke’ ten
Che oke’ ten (Paul Wagner), Native American flutist, drummer/singer and storyteller of the Saanich (Coast Salish) tribe, shares the beautiful songs and stories of his ancient northwest coast …Sissiwiss (“sacred breath”/”sacred life”) spirituality, in cultural presentations and ritual and public performances, in the United States and abroad. Based out of Seattle, Washington, Che oke’ ten has worked with some of the Pacific Northwest’s great artists such as Eyvind Kang, Bill Frisell, Gina Sala and Johnny Moses.

Che oke’ ten comes from a lineage of Shneh’em, medicine people who have dedicated their lives to healing work using many tools, including music. He continues this work through traditional sound healing and ritual performance.

Che oke’ ten’s Native American flute songs have come to him with visions of healing and prayer for all relations (tree people, animal people, human people). He believes music comes to us directly from Spirit; leaving yourself open to Spirit is the way; asking for the gifts to come so we can gift the music to those who need such blessing