Crit Callebs

Crit Callebs is of Eastern Band Cherokee and Appalachian descent and lives on the Yakama Nation Indian Reservation. He is a traditional storyteller, mentor and highly influential speaker. Using his gift of storytelling, he travels throughout the U.S. sharing traditional stories and facilitating workshops with Tribal organizations, Universities, K­12 schools and teen treatment centers. Crit has been a featured storyteller at Harvard University, University of Louisville, University of Kentucky, CWU Museum of Culture and Environment, Native Wellness Institute and the Native American Training Institute. He uses stories to uplift and inspire listeners to new heights of understanding.

Crit is a highly sought after speaker on numerous topics including: Peacekeeping, Indigenous values, mentoring, ethical leadership and traditional storytelling. Crit has been a keynote speaker for conferences such as the 12th Annual “Globalization, Diversity, Education” conference and the Alhadeff Future Teachers of Color conference hosted by Washington State University. He is a member of the Northwest Indian Storytelling Association and was a very popular guest lecturer for Central Washington University’s (CWU) American Indian Studies program. As a graduate assistant at CWU he served as the Native American Liaison at the Center for Diversity and Social Justice. Crit has also been trained to teach the “Since Time Immemorial” tribal sovereignty and history curriculum implemented in K­12 classrooms in Washington State.

Crit is a therapeutic storyteller and group facilitator for the Newport Academy. They are the nation’s leader in providing teen treatment for adolescents suffering from mental health, behavior, health and substance abuse issues. Crit mentors youth, families,staff, and therapists using traditional storytelling, awareness activities and self-empowerment techniques. He focuses on connecting youth with the power of choice and helping them understand that they write their own life story, create their own destiny and have all of the tools to heal themselves.

Crit is the Founder and Executive Director of the Peacekeeper Society, a Native nonprofit that promotes the traditional art of mentoring. The Peacekeepers provide cultural camps, storytelling, workshops and professional mentoring to anyone needing to gain new skills and fresh perspectives on challenging issues. They work with youth, adults, families, communities, tribes and non­tribal organizations.

Finally, Crit is a professional survival trainer and former instructor for the world renowned Boulder Outdoor Survival School. One of his great passions is teaching youth and adults how to be self­reliant in the wilderness. Crit has taught hundreds of people how to make traditional fires, build shelters, and to respect the natural environment. He helped facilitate the Colville Tribes Youth “Warrior Camp” in Nespelem and the Gen7 cultural camp in Seattle. He is currently planning outdoor trips in Utah, Washington and California.

Crit will be teaching “Cooking on Fire”. This class will teach participants how to cook a variety ofvegetables, meats, and simple breads directly on fire and coals. The first portion of the class is an introduction to traditional fire tending. Participants will be instructed on how to build a proper fire using bowdrill and flint & steel methods. Crit will mentor everyone using stories and traditional teachings on how to respect a sacred fire. The second portion will have everyone cooking foods directly on fire and coals. No pots, pans or steel items. Just food and fire. We will eventually introduce clay pots, dutch ovens, or camals depending upon time frame and interests. Please, bring your appetite and come ready to cook and eat.