johnny moses project
(olympic peninsula projects)
Project Director - Rob Murphy
Since OMEC’s founding, part of our vision was to find a path to give voice to indigenous wisdom of the Pacific Northwest. After a preliminary meeting on the Olympic Peninsula with Bill Cote in June attended by Jeff Eissfeldt, Rob Murphy, independent filmmaker Mitch Mattraw and Llyn Cedar Roberts – in early July, Rob, Mitch and Cedar attended a “Red Cedar Circle” gathering in Port Townsend, WA to listen to and meet Johnny Moses, a Tulalip Native American traditional storyteller. Johnny’s traditional name is Whis.Stem.Men.Knee (Walking Medicine Robe), and he carries the Si.Si.Wiss (sacred breath, sacred life) teachings of his people.
After hearing about Johnny Moses from his close associate Bill Cote, holder of the Port Townsend Red Cedar Circle - Bill offered that Cedar could take a number of books and a video of Johnny’s teachings home for review. Bill has recordings of Johnny’s talks that span many years. Several of us at OMEC read these books and watched videos of Johnny’s storytelling. We saw the merit and wisdom of these teachings gaining a wider audience. Sitting in his presence on that evening early in July, showed us the gentle beauty of this soul - and what he has come to share.
OMEC's work with Johnny Moses and Bill Cote is the first of the "Olympic Peninsula Projects". (Photo Credits: Treothe)
In listening to the stories that Johnny shares, we can hear the whispers of his grandparents as he brings them to life as he weaves his tales. Johnny is uniquely gifted in that in addition to the stories relayed to him by his grandparents, he can spiritually pick up the threads of the old stories – those that were woven by the grandparents of long ago, and which linger in the energetic field.
We have created a team here at OMEC to produce the first publication of the Johnny Moses Project – we’ll start by publishing for wider distribution, Johnny’s story, The Clothes that Look at the People. We are also investigating the creation of a downloadable audio collection of Johnny's storytelling. As well OMEC has begun to record Bill Cote's songs and storytelling to be made available through the OMEC website.
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