Tillicum Wawa

 The hosts of Tillicum Wawa retired from the KBOO airwaves in July 2013 after many years of putting together a terrific weekly program.  Thanks Eugene and Shusli!

"Tillicum Wawa: Voices of the People"

Rhonda "Shusli" Baseler
Eugene Johnson

“Tillicum Wawa” is a Chinook Jargon phrase which, loosely translated, means “The people speak”.

 Chinook Jargon was a trade language used by Natives in this region before Europeans arrived here. It was a combination of Salish, Nootka, and Chinook languages.  After explorers, traders, and other non-natives arrived in this area, French and English words were integrated into the jargon.  It was widely used to communicate between people of different tribes, nationalities, and races.

That is why we chose the name.  Tillicum Wawa is here to help represent the under-represented voice of the Native peoples of this nation. To be a “voice for the voiceless”.  

 If you’re listening, you’re part of the conversation.


Most Recent Show:

The Herb Shed

Past Shows: Gary Dodge, Mark Thunderwolf

Local Organizations:

Native American Rehabilitation Association, Native American Youth and Family Center

Other Organizations:

Indigenous Environmental Network


Censored News, Indianz.com

Episode Archive

Tillicum Wawa on 01/20/11

Air date: 
Thu, 01/20/2011 - 2:20pm
Short Description: 
Interview with Dale Walker and Michelle Singer of the One Sky Center


Back Row (left to right): Michelle J. Singer BS (Navajo), Laura Loudon MS, Patricia Silk Walker PhD (Cherokee), Susan Halada
Front Row (left to right): Douglas Bigelow PhD, R. Dale Walker MD (Cherokee). Not pictured: Ann Kovas, MPH, Jacki Bianconi, MS

Tonight on "Tillicum Wawa: Voices of the People," we will be interviewing Dr. Dale Walker, President of the

Tillicum Wawa on 01/13/11

Air date: 
Thu, 01/13/2011 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
NAMMY Award Winner Jan Michael Looking Wolf LIVE on Tillicum Wawa

Special guest, Jan Michael Looking Wolf will appear LIVE on Tillicum Wawa: Voices of the People on January 13th.

He is widely considered the premier Native American Flute Performer in the world today.  In addition, his message of One Heart and many humanitarian contributions with his music have earned Jan Michael a special relationship with both national and international communities.  His unwavering efforts for unity and healing  of all people, regardless of color or ethnicity,  are a true reflection of Jan Michael’s lifeway, both on stage and off.


Tillicum Wawa on 01/13/11

Air date: 
Thu, 01/13/2011 - 11:05am
Short Description: 
Interview with Jan Michael Looking Wolf with Live Performance

Jan Michael Looking Wolf

Listen in January 13th to KBOO 90.7FM at 6PM to hear Jan Michael Looking Wolf on Tillicum Wawa:Voices of the People, Native American music and community connection program.

Tillicum Wawa on 01/06/11

Air date: 
Thu, 01/06/2011 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
Interviews with Sara Libby and Tawna Sancez

Two Native American Youth and Family Center Interviews

On Thursday, January 6th, tune in to "Tillicum Wawa: Voices of the People" for two Native American Youth and Family Center interviews.

Tillicum Wawa on 12/23/10

Air date: 
Thu, 12/23/2010 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
Ed Edmo to Join Us on Tillicum Wawa, 12-23-10

Ed Edmo to Join Us on Tillicum Wawa, 12-23-10


On Thursday, December 23, "Tillicum Wawa: Voices of the People," will be interviewing local story teller Ed Edmo. We will discuss Ed's life, story telling, and maybe even get him to tell a story or two. Ed is also a poet, so I plan on requesting him to read a poem on the air.



Tillicum Wawa: Voices of the People

Tillicum Wawa on 12/02/10

Air date: 
Thu, 12/02/2010 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
Tillicum Wawa

Tillicum Wawa, Native American music, public affairs, commentary, and social activism, is on the air. Tune in tonight for an hour of great news and music for everyone interested in Indian culture and politics.

Tillicum Wawa on 11/25/10

Air date: 
Thu, 11/25/2010 - 10:00am - 11:00am
Short Description: 
Tillicum Wawa Will Interview Iokepa and Inette
Felicia (Eugene's daughter), Iokepa and Inette

On Thursday, November 25, Thanksgiving Day in the U.S., from 10 to 11am PST, "Tillicum Wawa: Voices of the People" will be interviewing Iokepa and Inette.

Tillicum Wawa on 11/11/10

Air date: 
Thu, 11/11/2010 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
Tillicum Wawa

"Tillicum Wawa" is Chinook jargon for "The People Speak." The program will present interviews from local indigenous peoples, indigenous peoples around the world, as well as news, views,

Indian Country on 09/16/10

Air date: 
Thu, 09/16/2010 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
Native American music, current events, news and other info pertinent to Native American community

Indian Country on 07/23/10

Air date: 
Fri, 07/23/2010 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Short Description: 
Jan Michael Lookingwolf on "Indian Country on Fri 7-23-10!


We have a taped interview and music with Jan Michael Lookingwolf  for our show on Fri 7-23-10! He has a variety of music that he plays.  With titles like .Your Not Alone, Rise Up (from the fire)World Needs, and Breakin' Free, his music sends one on a journey, telling stories with lyrics and flute music. Very inspirational!

We are on every other week on Fridays.

Hope you can tune in and be totllay intertained and brought together by music and info with others of the Indian Nation.


Cynthia King of The Herb Shed

program date: 
Thu, 05/24/2012

 On Thursday, May 24th, we interviewed Cynthia King, an herbalist whose business is called The Herb Shed. She has an awesome story, but our favorite part of the show that Shusli and I were talking about even after we got home was that it was the nicest smelling show we ever did. When I walked out to talk to the engineer and walked back in, the air room smelled so nice. Too bad there isn't such a thing as smellaradio, scented airwaves, you all missed out.

Songs from the Salmon Bake

program date: 
Sat, 05/19/2012

These are some songs that Willie Towner and his son Kyle sang at the Port Orford Salmon bake 5-20-12. The Port Orford Salmon Bake happens every year in May on the weekend between Mother's Day and Memorial Day. It was created to honor the ancestors who had a village on the site at one time and during the forced march were held in open pens for some weeks and were almost starved to death. We honor them, remember their joy and sadness, and remind all that we are still here and thriving. The songs were recorded by Shusli.

Stephanie Fryberg and Mark Thunderwolf

program date: 
Thu, 05/10/2012

 On Thurdsay, March 10, Tillicum Wawa: Voices of the People interviewed Stephanie Fryberg, an associate professor at the University of Arizona in psychology about the Oregon State Board of Education ban on mascots and her studies around the subject.


We also interviewed Mark Thunderwolf whose new CD, "Open your Heart" is a wonderful mix of Native American flute and jazziness and should be listened to by all...over and over.


Shusli and I also discussed two recent items in the news: the killing of a white buffalo calf and its mother in Texas and the carving of a Rosebud Lakota while at a hospital in Rapid City, SD, with the letters KKK in his torso.

  • Length: 57:07 minutes (39.22 MB)
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Rezervation "Capitalism"

program date: 
Thu, 04/26/2012

Tillicum Wawa: Voices of the People, interviewed Robert Miller, professor of law at Lewis and Clark college who works heavily in Indian law. Robert discussed his new book, "Reservation "Capitalism": Economic Development in Indian Country." The book covers economics in Indian Country past, present, and suggestions for the future. It was a great interview and Robert made many things clear about capitalism, economics, and indigenous peoples. You'll like this book and you like this interview.

 If you're listening, you're part of the conversation.

Domestic Violence in Indian Country

program date: 
Thu, 04/12/2012

Unfortunately Candida Kingbird was unable to make the show due to a car accident. Please send your prayers her way and think good thoughts as the accident has sent her into premature labor as well.

So on April 12, Tillicum Wawa: Voices of the People had a discussion of domestic violence in Indian Country between Shusli and Eugene using the Amnesty International report "Maze of Injustice" (click on the title to read the document). If you or anyone you know needs help for domestic or sexual violence, please contact the NAYA Family Center. Go to services and "The Healing Circle" for more information from the NAYA website.

We also discussed water issues in Indian Country and played many wonderful and appropriate songs for both subjects.

If you're listening, you're part of the conversation!
  • Length: 58:15 minutes (40 MB)
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Gary Dodge, Marty Cobenais, and a Memorial to John Talley

program date: 
Thu, 03/29/2012

On Thursday, March 29th, Tillicum Wawa: Voices of the People, interviewed Gary Dodge (right), a Menominee rapper and entrepreneur about his music and upcoming CD. We also had a pre-recorded interview with Marty Cobenais about the Keystone XL pipeline. Marty Cobenais was the organizer around the Keystone XL pipeline for Indigenous Environmental Network. We also had a memorial for John Talley who produced Indian World for 33 years for KBOO until his health prevented him from doing so. He passed away on Sunday, March 25.

  • Length: 57:30 minutes (39.48 MB)
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program date: 
Thu, 03/15/2012

On Thursday, March 15, Eugene and Shusli interviewed Gary Farmer of "Gary Farmer and the Troublemakers" blues band. We discussed his new CD, "Under the Water Tower," as well as his work in many other areas. Gary is probably best known for his acting roles in Powwow Highway, Deadman, Smoke Signals, and Police Academy.

Gary Farmer and the Troublemakers will be performing at The Agenda, 2366 SE 82nd Ave., in Portland, Oregon on Friday, March 23rd at 9pm, and at The Rack Sports Bar at 833 SW Naito Pkwy, Portland, OR 97204, on Saturday, March 24 at 8pm.

Tillicum Wawa can also be found on Facebook and we can be e-mailed at tillicum.wawa@gmail.com.

  • Title: Troublemakers
  • Length: 56:58 minutes (39.11 MB)
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First Show of the New Format

program date: 
Thu, 03/01/2012

This was our first show with the new format. Shusli and Eugene played a news item of the raising of the John T. Williams Memorial Totem Pole in Seattle. Shusli also played an interview with Regina Brave about the KXL pipeline due to go all over North America from the tar sands extraction in Northern Alberta, Canada. We also featured the 1999 Robbie Robertson album "From the Underworld of Redboy."

  • Length: 56:32 minutes (38.82 MB)
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program date: 
Thu, 02/23/2012

In mid-January, John Huppenthal, education head in Tucson, Arizona, banned the Mexican American Studies program stating their were promoting race and class hate and discussing overthrowing America, in spite of a study he had done that said otherwise. On Thursday, Febraury 23,
Tillicum Wawa: Voices of the People, had special guest Bill Bigelow, contributing author and co-editor with Bob Peterson of "Rethinking Columbus," one of the big 7 books banned in Tuscon public schools. We discussed his teaching career, Rethinking Columbus, his editorial role in Rethinking Schools, race and class in schools, and the book ban which includes all books used in the Mexican American Studies program, many of them by Native Americans.

Tillicum Wawa is Eugene Johnson, Shusli Baseler-Johnson, and Redwillow, with perma guest Louis Sowa.

L to R: Redwillow, Bill Bigelow, Louis Sowa, Shusli Baseler-Johnson, Eugene Johnson
  • Length: 58:51 minutes (40.41 MB)
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Wind Horse

program date: 
Thu, 02/16/2012

An interview with Duane "Wind Horse" Deemer, Cherokee/Choctaw musician out of Nashville, Tennessee, and a Native American Music Award's nominee.

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  • Length: 57:50 minutes (39.71 MB)
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Tillicum Wawa playlist for 02/07/2013

Air date: 
Robbie RobertsonStomp Dance UnityFrom the Underworld of Redboy
Lunar DriveThis is Black Masa, Arizona
Heartbeat 2
Native American HeartbeatGreat SpiritTribute to the Tribal SpiritNew World Musickboo.org
Robbie RobertsonPrayer songYou tube

Tillicum Wawa playlist for 12/13/2012

Air date: 
Robbie RobertsonUnity/Stomp DanceContact from the Underworld of Redboy
Brule'We the PeopleBrule'
James Bilagody and the CremainsSacred Stage
Wade FernandezStill Standing Proudwww.youtube.com
Buddy Red BowJourney to the Spirit Worldwww.youtube.com

Wonderful, fabulous, beautiful music from Native American artists!

Tillicum Wawa playlist for 11/29/2012

Air date: 
Daughters of the EarthMothe Earth
Charles LittleleafJosh
John TrudellBroke the light
Carlos NakaiTrade winds

This program was dedicated as a thankful recognition of our compassionate listeners for their generousity in the amount of warm cloths that were donated to the Pine Ridge Rez. childrenk-12. Thank you all!!!!

Tillicum Wawa playlist for 11/15/2012

Air date: 
Robbie RobertsonUnity/Stomp Dance
Jim BoydUrban Indian Blues
UlaliOld Man Singing
Fry Bread RiotSmoke Signals Movie Soundtrack
WayquayHope Chant
Casper LomayevsaChillin' on the Rez
Black Lodge SingersPowwow song

Tillicum Wawa Playlist for 11/15/12

Tillicum Wawa playlist for 08/30/2012

Air date: 
Robbie RobertsonUnity/Stomp Dance
BlackfireAIM/Butler Honor song
Porcupine SingersSong of Encouragement
Blackfoot ConfederacyHonor Song
Burning SkyNative Funk

Tillicum Wawa playlist for 06/07/2012

Air date: 
Robbie RobertsonUnity/Stomp Dance
Arigon StarCalifornia Indians
Red ThunderHeartbeat
BlackfireCorn Song
BlackstoneSoggy Bustle Boys

Tillicum Wawa playlist for 05/24/2012

Air date: 
Robbie Robertson and Six Nations WomenUnity/Stomp DanceContact from the Undergworld of Redboy
Jan Michael Looking WolfRise-upLive as One Disc !
Jan Michael Looking WolfLavender DanceLive as One Disc 2
Jan Michael Looking WolfThe JourneyLive as One Disc 1
Iokepa's Chantreturnvoyage.com

Playlist for Tillicum Wawa 5/24/12. Featuring music from Jan Michael Looking Wolf.

Tillicum Wawa playlist for 04/12/2012

Air date: 
Robbie RobertsonUnity/Stomp Dance
UlaliAll My Relations
1491'sTo the Indigenous Womanwww.youtube.com
Jeanette ArmstrongIndian WomanUntil the Bars Break
FishermanDecember Wind
WalelaCherokee River
Women's Honor SongHeartbeat 2

We will be more diligent about getting our playlists up for each show! Thanks, Listeners.

Tillicum Wawa playlist for 03/01/2012

Air date: 
Robbie RobertsonThe Sound is FadingContact from the Underworld of Redboy
Robbie RobertsonMaking a NoiseContact from the Underworld of Redboy
Michael BucherSacred Ground
John TrudellGrafitti Man
AyeliClear Water Drum
Robbie RobertsonStomp Dance: Unity
Jim BoydOld Man SingingReservation Blues

Playlist for 3-1-12 Tillicum Wawa. Website crashed while playing Ayeli's Clear Water Drum. Drat! It is a wonderful song.

Tillicum Wawa playlist for 09/08/2011

Air date: 
Buffy St. MaireStarwalker
Casper LomayesvaHow the West was WonSounds of Reality
Robbie Robertson presents UlaliMahk JchiThe Red Road Ensemble
Burning SkyIndian Wars
Red ThunderHidden Medicine
Casper LomayesvaDon't Dem KnowSounds of Reality
BlackfireExileOne Nation Under
Keith BearAlong the River
Jeanette ArmstrongIndian WomanTil the Bars Break
Casper LomayesvaHonor the People


Pledge Drive

We encourage you , our listeners to contribute to KBOO, as you are it's only resource to keep it on the air, along with Native programming . And Native programming is in need of more exposure to all of our relations.

Thank you, Samantha

Interview with musical flutest Littleleaf this Fri 6-11-10,1:30p

We are excited to announce our guest on this week's episode of "Indian Country", Fri. 6-11-10, will be the great flute player Charles Littleleaf !!! He is a world renown flutest and flute maker, from the Warm Springs Reservation here in Oregon.

*  Native American Flutist / Recording Artist / Concert Performer*  Commissioned, Award-Winning Native American Flute Maker*  Native American Music Award Nominee (NAMA*  Founding Member of the annual Amboy, Washington Mt. Tum-Tum Encampment* 

His other talents include:

*  Educator in the making of dance regalia
*  Speaker for National Rehabilitation Centers
*  Teacher in Traditional Lore
*  Speaker in Native Spirituality

This show should be a very informative , intertaining and an exciting hour or so of listening to the live music of Littleleaf and finding out more about this facinating Native music man.

We hope you will listen and tell your family and friends about this big event occuring on our Native American show, "Indian Country", aired only on KBOO Portland !!  This Fri, 6-11-10 from 1:30-3:00pm.

 And you can "listen live" outside of the Portland area at our website : www.kboo.fm, on the computer.!!

We will not air on May 7,2010

We will be preempted from our regular time on Fri May 7, 2010 as KBOO is having a special program that I encourage you to listen  to . It should be terrific.

We are waiting to hear if we will air our Native American program on 5/14/2010. we will post it asap.

We hope you all will encourage this type of programming on KBOO, our Community radio station.

July 6th Show

We had a great show on the 6th with Red Tomahawk guest hosting!

Samantha couldn't make it from Eugene because of a broken toe; sure hope she can come on the 23rd!

Next is Jan Michael Lookingwolf,Nammy award winner, playing his flute and sharing his new cut "We are One!"

Check it out on Indian Country July 23rd!

Playlist for Lookingwolf show

The playlist for the July 23rd Lookingwolf performance and interview is still to come. Have to play it back to list the music and haven't done that yet..Apologies...



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