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Monday, October 21, 2013 – Winter Storytelling
Winter is approaching fast. In many Native American and Alaska Native communities, that means it's time for winter storytelling. Historically an elder of the tribe gathers everyone around the fire or dinner table to share a favorite story. What stories did you hear growing up? What stories do you want to pass along to your children or grandchildren? How can stories help a tribe maintain its cultural knowledge? Guests include Choogie Kingfisher (United Band of Keetooah Cherokee) Storyteller, Elaine Grinnell (Jamestown S’Klallam) Storyteller.
Break Music: How Did You Find a Partner (song) Navajo Nation Swingers (artist) Waiting With the Cellular (album)
Tuesday, October 22, 2013 – Teach This!
Each year in November, teachers organize lessons and events for American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage month. Some teachers include the “Heroes and Holidays” approach to teaching about Native Americans, where Natives are highlighted for a holiday (Thanksgiving) or a famous person like Sitting Bull. Is this the best way to teach Native history? Could other approaches be better for both Native and non-Native students? We will bring you several perspectives on how teachers can turn lesson plans into unique new learning experiences. Guests include: Vincent Schilling (St. Regis Mohawk), journalist and author.
Break Music: Nose Flute Dub (song) Paula Fuga (artist) Lilikoi (album)
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 – Keystone XL
The controversial Keystone XL pipeline is actually several different pipeline projects. Some sections have already been built. Many tribes and organizations have raised concerns over the project. The pipeline has yet to be approved by the Obama administration and activists are drawing attention to issues like the safety of the Oglala aquifer, protecting sacred places, and the heavy crude oil being transferred through the pipeline. Where do you stand on the Keystone XL pipeline? Will the pipeline go through or near your community? Do you already have parts of the pipeline in your area? What’s at stake for Native America in debates over the Keystone XL pipeline?
Break Music: Testimony (album) Robbie Robertson (artist) Robbie Robertson (album))
Thursday, October 24, 2013 – Indigenous Identity in the Americas:
Identity is a major issue in Native America. It can also be controversial in discussions about who can call themselves Native. Identity consists of three main tiers - external, community and self-identification. Today we turn our focus on what Indigenous identity means for our brothers and sisters from Central and South America and the Caribbean. How do individuals with Indigenous roots embrace their Native identity? What happens when Indigenous expression is celebrated out in the open? Does saying you are Native in the southern hemisphere garner the same reaction as it does when you say you are Native in the United States?
Break Music: Zapata se queda (song) Lila Downs (artist) Pecados (album)
Friday, October 25, 2013 – Book of the Month: “Native American DNA”
In her new book, “Native American DNA,” Native author Kim Tallbear (Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate) takes a look at the growing field of racial science and DNA testing. She has followed the rise of DNA testing and raises some unique questions for Native America about identity. In the book, she also explores what DNA testing could mean for future generations, including the possibility of undermining claims to land, resources and sovereignty. How much weight would you put on DNA testing to determine Native American ancestry? Could calling on science to identify your Nativeness be troublesome down the road for you or your tribe?
Break Music: Crane (song) Pamyua (artist) Caught In The Act (album)