johnny moses Storytelling
olympic peninsula projects
Trailer for upcoming traditional storytelling video. Filmed in November, 2018, CA.
Project Director - Rob Murphy
Johnny Moses is a traditional storyteller from the Tulalip tribe of the Pacific Northwest. Johnny's traditional name is Whis.Stem.Men.Knee which means Walking Medicine Robe. He is a healer and spiritual leader who carries the Si.Si.Wiss - Sacred Breath, Sacred Life - teachings of his people.
Part of OMEC’s vision has always been to find a path to give voice to the indigenous wisdom where the organization was conceived. After a preliminary meeting on the Olympic Peninsula with Bill Cote, holder of the Red Cedar Circle (founded by Johnny) in Port Townsend, WA attended by Jeff Eissfeldt, Rob Murphy, independent filmmaker Mitch Mattraw and Llyn Cedar Roberts – Rob, Mitch and Cedar later attended a “Red Cedar Circle” gathering to listen to and meet Johnny Moses. Sitting in his presence on that summer evening, the gentle beauty of Johnny's soul - and what he has come to share - were palpable.
Bill Cote arranged for Cedar to take a number of books and video teachings by Johnny that span many years, home for review. Several of us at OMEC read these books and watched videos of Johnny’s storytelling. We saw the merit and wisdom of introducing these teachings to the contemporary shamanic audience.
OMEC's work with Johnny Moses, is the first of the "Olympic Peninsula Projects".