- Book of the Month: Telling Stories
the Kiowa Way:
Gus Palmer, Jr. is an anthropologist at the University of Oklahoma
who was raised in a traditional Kiowa family. In his latest book,
Telling Stories the Kiowa Way, he informatively examines the art
and culture of storytelling among the Kiowa, both throughout history
and in the modern day. From the close-knit environment of family
and good friends in which tales are shared; to the encouragement
of group participation; to the value of teasing and joking; and
the legacy of retold tales, this book is a thoughtful, scholarly
and fascinating study that is highly recommended for all of those
interested in Native cultures.
25 - Book of the Month: Deception on All Accounts:
Is murder always a simple transaction? Don’t bank on it.
Sadie Walela is a blue-eyed Cherokee living in northeastern Oklahoma,
a half-blood who finds she sometimes has to adapt to get by in
the white man’s world. As she faces adversity at each bend
in the road, she adapts and moves forward, much as her father’s
ancestors did. But as she comes to terms with murder, romance
and her hopes for a career, Sadie finds "Deception
on all Accounts." This banker turned sleuth finds herself
under suspicion of robbing a bank and killing her co-worker. Will
she clear her name? Join us as we talk with author Sara
Sue Hoklotubbe of the Cherokee Nation.
of the Month: Indigenous American Women:
In the negative connotation, the word feminist is a label given
to a woman who’s emerged beyond the paradigm of a woman
as seen in a male dominated society. Conversely, men are seen
as ‘ambitious or as one who takes the bull by the horns
kind of guy’ when striving for success. Historically, Indigenous
women have had traditional roles and many tribes functioned as
matriarchal societies. Oklahoma Choctaw Devon Abbot Mihesuah’s
newest book, is a frank, powerful adventure that ‘examines
the overlooked role of Native women’ and ‘the ongoing
struggles against a centuries-0ld legacy of colonial disempowerment.' Indigenous
American Women: Decolonization, Empowerment, Activism is our
Book of The Month. Guest is Devon Abbot Mihesuah/ scholar, professor
Northern Arizona University.
- Book Of The Month: Mike and a Lynx Called Kitty:
up on Kodiak Island in Alaska, Mike Kerr lived adventures solely
exclusive of his Alutiiq culture. In his latter years, he’s
put to print those boyhood adventures in a story of a young boy
who breaks his ankle in a fishing boat accident as well as other
escapades. One part of the story includes his fascination with
a unlikely pet. Mike Kerr lived these experiences and in the book,
and a Lynx Called Kitty, he tells the story in a heartwarming,
appealing way for children and adults. The book’s been compared
to other classics, of the friendship between a boy and a pet.
Guest Mike Kerr/author.
May 27 - Book of the Month: Work and Other Sins: Life in New York
City and Thereabouts:
If you’ve never been to New York City, you can get a feel
for the “Big Apple” from this book written by a reporter
for the New York Times who happens to be Anishinabe. Everyday,
unassuming people come to life and bring their perspectives to
light on this country’s most famous big city. Our guest
is author of "Work and Other Sins: Life in New York City
and Thereabouts," Charlie LeDuff.
Book of the Month: Ojibwa Warrior:
Many people are familiar with Dennis Banks and the role he played
in the founding of the American Indian Movement. Now, his personal
stories are recounted in his book, “Ojibwa
Warrior.” He talks about the marches, the takeovers,
the racism and the bloodshed that AIM experienced more than 30
years ago. It’s the first time he’s put his thoughts
and emotions into a book. There is a touch of sadness and even
love in his stories that many might be surprised to read. Guest
is Dennis Banks/AIM Founder.
Book of the Month: The Lesser Blessed:
This month we venture north to Canada to the land of the Dogrib
Nation. Internationally acclaimed Dogrib writer, Richard
Van Camp, is our featured author. His book, “The
Lesser Blessed,” has received high praise from both
Native American authors and literary critics for its edgy and
brutally honest story about Dogrib teenager Larry Sole. What other
books has Van Camp written? What fuels his creative process? Guest
is Richard Van Camp.
Book of the Month: “Rock,
Ghost, Willow, Deer”:
What is it like to be of mixed heritage? How do you identify yourself?
These are issues Allison Adelle Hedge Coke writes about in her
Ghost, Willow, Deer.” The title refers to the revelations
she has found through her trials in life. Hedge Coke is a writer
but also a teacher and has worked with incarcerated teens encouraging
them to write away their pain and fear. She’s also given
voice to Native students coming to grips with the aftermath of
9-11. Survival, pure and simple is the message in her latest book.
Allison Adelle Hedge Coke is our guest author for our Book of
the Month show.
22 - 1pm –
2 pm EST:
Book of the Month: Native Universe:
This is the inaugural
book of the National Museum of the American Indian published
in conjunction with the grand opening. It is a collection of stories
by Native people about Native civilizations and culture in the
Western Hemisphere. The stories celebrate the legacy of Native
peoples past, present, and future. Guests include: Gerald McMasters/Plains
Book of the Month: “Everyday is a Good Day: Reflections
by Contemporary Indigenous Women” :
A Cheyenne proverb says that a nation is not conquered until the
hearts of its women are on the ground. Native women today are
still persevering and learning lessons along the way. A new book
by Cherokee author, Wilma Mankiller, presents a rare and intimate
look into the lives of some contemporary Indigenous women. How
are Mankiller and leading Native women finding their own way home?
Guest is Wilma Mankiller/Author, activist and former Principal
Chief of the Cherokee Nation.
November 24 -
Book of the Month:
Foods of the Americas: Native Recipes and Traditions:
One of the most eagerly anticipated events this year was the opening
of the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC.
The museum’s Mitsitam Café lets visitors enjoy indigenous
cuisine. Foods used today are native to the Americas and are part
of the first Thanksgiving. As families gather this year, is any
thought given to how contemporary recipes often have ancient roots?
of the Americas: Native Recipes and Traditions” is our
Book of the Month and we’re featuring Marlene and Fernando
Divina. They designed the menu and the interior of the Mitsitam.
Learn how they salute the past and look to the future in their
cookbook chock full of essays and delicious recipes.
22 - Book of the Month: Rattlesnake
The story of a seven-year-old Pawnee girl comes to life in this
month’s book, “Rattlesnake
Mesa.” It’s based on the author's real life experience.
The death of her grandmother changes her life drastically. The
young girl is sent to live with a father she barely knows on the
Navajo reservation. The youngster must adjust to this change and
as well as being placed in a government boarding school. While
it’s a story filled with grief, it’s also a story
about inner strength, healing, and happiness. Guests include EdNah
New Rider, Author of ”Rattlesnake Mesa.”
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