About the CISA Organization...
The California Indian Storytelling Association (CISA) is a grass-roots organization committed to provide a storytelling forum for the indigenous people of the Americas.
Our purpose is to support Native California Indian storytellers, honor
our elders, pass on storytelling traditions and culture and work with
groups sharing a common vision. CISA provides a place to share the
authentic voices-in traditional, historical and contemporary stories.
Since our inception CISA has been building
cultural bridges between indigenous peoples throughout California.
The mentors and apprentices may come from
different cultural groups; even the smaller regional festivals include a
few experienced tellers from different cultural groups. Through our
programs we conduct fieldwork to find storytellers, to build our network
and to reach our communities served.
The communities we serve are the hundreds of diverse California tribes,
including youth, adults and elders who reside in rural reservations and
in cities of all sizes.
We also serve indigenous people who have re-located to California from other states or who live in adjacent states or regions.
In addition, we serve the larger public community in offering events
open to the public that educate all interested people about indigenous
stories, culture and history.