Multicultural and Gender Studies

Women of Wisdom

An Evening of Intercultural Storytelling, Learning, and Hospitality

Brought to you by the Office of Tribal Relations and the Department of Multicultural & Gender Studies, Women of Wisdom is a unique evening at Chico State focusing on honoring the traditions, philosophies, and wisdom of the Native American community in the North State. Women of Wisdom highlights the contributions by, and value of, Native American women by focusing on their storytelling oratory. Through this event, Chico State hopes to foster a greater appreciation for the wisdom of our local Tribal communities with a key focus on women's experiences.

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Native-Inspired Menu

  • Wild Alaskan Coho Salmon (GF)

 (with sorghum, roasted corn, and green chili succotash)

  • Venison Stew (GF)

(with summer squash, CA coastal pinquito beans, and hominy)

  • Navajo Taco Bar

(Indian Fry Bread, Seasoned Ground Venison, Tomatoes, Chilis, Shredded Lettuce, Cheddar Cheese)

  • Cookies
  • Fair Trade Coffee, Hot Tea, Water


Jessa Rae Growing Thunder

Dr. Jessa Rae Growing Thunder is a third-generation beadwork and quillwork artist whose work has been shown in multiple museums, including the Minneapolis Institute of Art, Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, the Heard Museum, and the Joslyn Art Museum. Jessa Rae is a Great Plains tribal art historian. She holds a Ph.D. in Native American Studies from the University of California, Davis. Her work applies both recognized (archival and oral history) and traditional creative forms of knowledge transmission through analyzing beadwork as living testimony. Jessa Rae is a 2022 Luce Indigenous Knowledge Fellow and is currently working on a project that promotes traditional materials used in quillwork through community-based oral histories, land-based knowledges, and Indigenous sciences. To learn more about her fellowship project, WipatapiOhninnan, please visit:  

A Special Thank You to Our Sponsors

California State University Chico:


Behavioral & Social Sciences

Cross-Cultural Leadership Center



Equity, Diversity & Inclusion


International Education & Global Engagement

Meriam Library

Undergraduate Education

Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology



Local Indians for Education, Inc.

Event Details:

Friday, April 7th, 2023

Bell Memorial Auditorium and Livestreamed 

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Contact Information:
Call: 530-898-3162
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5:30-7:00 pm

Event Schedule:

5:00 Doors open 

5:30 Appetizers served

6:00 Program begins: Storyteller Dr. Jessa Rae Growing Thunder

7:00 Drawing & Close

Want to know about past events?
Learn more about previous storytellers in our Women of Wisdom Archives