Cultural Connections

Cultural Connections: Update! The Confederated Tribes of the Lower Rogue

Cultural Connections‘ special show host, Southwestern Oregon Community College instructor, Skip Hunter is honored to be able to speak with Confederated Tribes of the Lower Rogue’s Tribal Chairman Don Fry and retired principal and Superintendent of Schools of Powers, Oregon Peter Nightingale – a KCIW special correspondent. This special episode of Cultural Connections provides an update on the Tribe’s quest to become a federally recognized tribe.

Peter Nightingale

Peter Nightingale

Other topics explored in this interview include how language is important to culture and how the Tribe continues its efforts to preserve its language even though there are no living tribal members completely fluent in the native tongue.

In addition, our guests share details about the upcoming 24th Annual Gathering of the People, an annual pow wow event that honors cultural history, sacred traditions, tribal elders, and veterans. The Confederated Tribes of the Lower Rogue extends an open invitation to join this very special community at their alcohol-free event this coming Sept 17th and 18th.

Please listen for upcoming Cultural Connections programs with more information about the 24th annual Pow Wow. Check out the Confederated Tribes of the Lower Rogue’s Facebook page for more information about the Tribe, its heritage, upcoming events, and details of the Tribe’s efforts to become a federally recognized tribe.

Federal recognition would provide significant opportunities for additional grant funding and, therefore, for community and economic development in this currently underserved area of Curry County, Oregon.

Host: Skip Hunter; Producer: Connie Hunter; Flute music: Michael Penney


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Flute music by Michael Penney

Cultural Connections: Very Special Sharing by The International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers’ Agnes Baker Pilgrim

Cultural Connections‘ show hosts Candace and Michael Penney interview Agnes “Grandma Aggie” Baker Pilgrim, Chairwoman of the International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers.

Agnes "Grandma Aggie" Baker Pilgrim

Agnes “Grandma Aggie” Baker Pilgrim

Grandma Aggie is a Native American Spiritual Elder from Grants Pass, Oregon.  As the oldest member of her tribe, the Takelma, Grandma Aggie has been honored as a “Living Treasure” by the Confederated Tribe of Siletz and as a “Living Cultural Legend” by the Oregon Council on the Arts. Grandma Aggie is Candace’s Aunt.

Grandmother Aggie’s message is a rare gift to be shared both here on the Wild Rivers Coast and with the world community.

Friends of KCIW are invited to a very special event on Saturday, June 18th at 1:00 – 5:00 PM at the Howonquet Hall in Smith River where Grandma Aggie will speak about her experiences, share her wisdom, and discuss the documentary film, For the Next Seven Generations: The Grandmothers Speak.

You can visit Agnes Baker Pilgrim’s Facecbook page and let her know that you appreciate her wisdom and this program! At 92 years of age, her gift of storytelling and sharing are still a true passion.

The story behind the Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers:

The Grandmothers came together from across the globe to create a council of women to bring a message to the rest of us. Their special voices have brought awareness to their deep concerns over the unprecedented destruction of our Mother Earth, the atrocities of war, the global scourge of poverty, the prevailing culture of materialism, the epidemics that threaten the health of Earth’s peoples, and the destruction of indigenous people’s ways of life.

The International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers beleive that our ancestral ways of prayer, peacemaking, and healing are vitally needed today. They believe that the teaching of our ancestors will light our way through an uncertain future.

Hosts: Candace and Michael Penney; Producer: Skip Hunter; Recording Tech: Jim Newman; Sound Editor: Justin Only; Flute music: Michael Penney


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Flute music by Michael Penney.

 

Cultural Connections: Confederated Tribes of the Lower Rogue’s 23rd Annual Gathering of the People

The Confederated Tribes of the Lower Rogue (CTLR) honored heritage, tribal elders, and veterans at the 23rd Annual Gathering of the People, Sept. 19th and 20th, 2015. This special honoring event is a traditional Pow-Wow held each year on the Rogue River at Big Bend, Oregon. KCIW’s Cultural Connections is honored to share this “diamond in the rough” recording on location at the Pow-Wow.

Confederated Tribes of the Lower RogueThese hallowed grounds are where many local bands of Native Americans came together to fight heroically to protect their families and loved ones at the Battle of Big Bend. A very special thanks to CTLR Tribal Chairman Don Fry, Tribal Secretary Linda Coon, and retired principal and Superintendent of Schools for Powers, Oregon, Peter Nightingale.

This installment of Cultural Connections highlights CTLR’s cultural history as well as their ongoing quest to become a federally recognized tribe.

For more information about the Confederated Tribes of the Lower Rogue and this very special event, please check out their Facebook page.

Cultural Connections’ special assignment show host Skip Hunter teaches sociology, cultural anthropology, and Native American Studies at Southwestern Oregon Community College (Brookings campus) and College of the Redwoods (Crescent City, CA campus).

Host: Skip Hunter; Producers: Connie Hunter, Skip Hunter; Recording Tech: Jim Newman, Sound Editor: Justin Only; flute Intro and end music by Michael Penney


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Intro and end music by Michael Penney.

 

Cultural Connections: NorCal Disability Pride Day Special Event Coverage

Disability Pride DayIn this edition of Cultural Connections, Michael Penney hosts special coverage of the 2nd Annual NorCal Disability Pride Day event at Beachfront Park in Crescent City, California, on Sept. 4, 2015. NorCal Disability Pride Day is a platform to publicly embrace disabilities and empower people with all abilities to raise their voices and pursue their dreams.

Sit back and enjoy the program as Michael hosts the opening ceremony with Native American philosophy, storytelling, and traditional music. Special thanks to Joseph Fernandez on the flute, drums, and back-up vocals. Share in the enthusiasm as Michael interviews event coordinator and Master of Ceremonies Steve Jackson, and keynote speaker Chris Miller (special needs advocate from Redwood Coast Regional Center).

This year’s Disability Pride Day was organized by New Dawn Support Services, Pelican Bay State Prison, and Party Girls of Del Norte and Curry County.

Host: Michael Penney, Producer: Skip Hunter, Music by Michael Penney, Recording Tech: Jim Newman, Sound Editor: Justin Only


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Cultural Connections: NorCal Disability Pride Day

Disability Pride Day Flyer

Disability Pride Day Flyer (click to enlarge)

In this first edition of our new series Cultural Connections, Host Michael Penney talks with Steven Jackson, the event coordinator for the 2nd Annual NorCal Disability Pride Day. The event is being held at Beachfront Park in Crescent City, California, on September 4 from 12:00 to 5:00 PM.

NorCal Disability Pride Day is a platform to publicly embrace disabilities and empower people with all abilities to raise their voices and pursue their dreams.

You are invited to celebrate the talents, skills, arts, energy, and pride of people with and without disabilities. This event brings people, families, friends, and neighbours together to celebrate the possibilities of every life.

Host: Michael Penney, Producer: Skip Hunter, Music by Michael Penney


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