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What is Pan Indianism and is it good for Native tribal nations? Many say that the term derived from Native Americans who worked together in order to maintain cultures when they moved away from reservation lands. Examples of Pan Indianism can be seen in powwow dancing being accepted by many tribes instead of just part of one tribe. Other examples might include the acceptance of certain ceremonies like the sundance or peyote meetings. But is the education of cultural traditions a good or bad thing for our Native communities? Does it mean traditions have less meaning?
Dr. David Martinez (Gila River Pima) – associate professor and director of Graduate Studies at Arizona State University
Dr. Michael Yellowbird (Arikara and Hidatsa) – director, Tribal and Indigenous Peoples Studies and a professor in the department of Sociology and Anthropology
Kiara M. Vigil – assistant professor, American Studies Department, Amherst College
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Nancy Kile says
This past Thursday I was driving to a job interview and listening to KILI’s 11a.m. Native America Calling talk radio. I learned so much about the term and backstory of Pan Indianism. I grew up on a ranch near my First Nation governmental offices and Indigenous community. The working class white washed bordertown rhetoric still is used against the AIM movement. Thank you for a truthful and relevant backstory about Pan Indianism and how it kept us together in the relocation era aftermath.