Beaver Chief – A Salish Perspective on Wellness

Beaver Chief

Beaver Chief

Beaver Chief – A Salish Perspective on Wellness

Fred “Beaver Chief” Jamison was a spiritual leader who brought out the traditional teachings of the Northwest Coast (Native American) Salish people. He discussed his heritage, the songs and stories that are part of the Shaker Indian Doctor tradition,  his collection of medicine songs on a cd and some of the differences between his culture and “settler” culture, such as concepts of land ownership.

Intro (2:22)

Part 1 (15:45)

Part 2 (14:59)

Part 3 (17:22)

Promo for NWX282 (:32)


Full Moon Song (2:44)

A previous interview done with Beaver Chief is linked here.

Date Aired: 12/19/99

About Splabman

Paul Nelson is founder of SPLAB (Seattle Poetics LAB) in Seattle, the Cascadia Poetry Festival and the August POetry POstcard Fest (PoPo). He has published a collection of essays, Organic Poetry & a serial poem re-enacting the history of Auburn, WA, A Time Before Slaughter (shortlisted for a 2010 Genius Award by The Stranger) and American Sentences, a book of 17 syllable poems drawn from the first fourteen of his 20 years of daily practice. The tenth anniversary edition of that book includes Pig War: & Other Songs of Cascadia. He’s interviewed Allen Ginsberg, Michael McClure, Wanda Coleman, Anne Waldman, Sam Hamill, Robin Blaser, Nate Mackey, Eileen Myles, George Bowering, Diane di Prima, Brenda Hillman, George Stanley, Joanne Kyger & many Cascadia poets (see: has presented his poetry and poetics in London, Brussels, Bothell, Cumberland, BC, Qinghai and Beijing, China, Lake Forest, Illinois, Ukiah, CA, and other places & writes an American Sentence every day.
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