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Playlist: Indigenous Stories

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We Shall Remain One-Hour Special

From Native Public Media | Part of the We Shall Remain series | 59:02

The one-hour special from the We Shall Remain Radio Project complements the recently aired five-part television special from PBS's American Experience, exploring the Native American perspective on pivotal moments in U.S. history from the Native American perspective.


A compilation of the five 5-minute features, plus

Warrior Tradition, a bonus feature from Brian Bull, and

 Native American Media Leaders, how Tribal Radio Stations are serving their communities

"The People" - Definition of Resilience

From Native Voice One | Part of the Definition of Resilience series | 29:00

Visiting the local hip-hop community in Oklahoma and the Suquamish reservation in Washington, Quese IMC and Calina Lawrence show us what happens when we come together as a People.

Definitionofresilience_smaller_small Definition of Resilience is a four episode radio and video documentary series highlighting the dynamic stories of Native American hip-hop MCs. INDIGEFI host Alexis Sallee travels to document their contribution to modern music. Each episode follows two artists who share their story and Indigenous history. Through interviews, we hear personal stories from addiction and identity to boarding schools and generational trauma. We see these artists powerful lyrical and artistic expression work to uplift their communities and inspire youth. From Minnesota to Alaska, eight rappers bring insight and emotional rawness in exploring disconnection and reconnection to Native culture. 

Indigenous YOUth Nation

From Native Voice One | 29:00

Indigenous YOUth Nation is a 29 min episode that works to "Celebrate Culture", "Empower Youth," "Nourish Knowledge,'' “Inspire Intergenerational Dialogue,” and build strong roots for our future generations.

IYN highlights different Indigenous cultures into a radio show made by and for tweens and teens. Expect to hear the restoration and resilience of Indigenous youth and cultural knowledge.

Produced by Jeneda Benally (Diné) and Gregg McVicar (Tlingit) with the IYN YOUth Team.


Welcome to the Dine’ Nation! Join a team of youth as they live and celebrate their ancient living culture!

In this episode, our youth hosts will take the listener on a journey beyond reservation lines and into the cultural and creative lives of people who are continuing to break down stereotypes.

Among the voices in this episode, you'll hear Deezhi as she shares a  "Day in the Life" audio diary of her Kinaalda (Coming of Age Ceremony).  Then, Dahi travels to the Library of Congress in Washington DC, and discovers a deeper connection to her tribe and ancestors.

From contemporary arts to traditional living life ways, youth are continuing to find their culture in today’s modern world.

Indigenous YOUth Nation is made possible with generous support from KWMR, The Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop and The American Folklife Center at The Library of Congress.


Peacekeeping Traditions of the Iroquois Confederacy (Peace Talks Radio Series)

From Good Radio Shows, Inc. | Part of the Peace Talks Radio: Weekly Half Hour Episodes series | 29:01

Two American Indian scholars discuss the Great Law of Peace, the founding constitution of the Six Nations Iroquois Confederacy.

Orenlyons_small On this edition of Peace Talks, we hear about The Great Law of Peace, the founding constitution of the Six Nations Iroquois Confederacy. Also known as the Haudenosaunee, the confederacy, according to oral tradition, came together in ancient times through the efforts of one who came to be known as the Peacemaker. We?ll be hearing the story of the Peacemaker today from Oren Lyons (pictured), Faithkeeper of the Turtle Clan, Onondaga Council of Chiefs of the Haudenosaunee. Lyons, an American Studies professor at State University of New York at Buffalo, tells us more about the principles of the great law of peace. In addition, we?ll be featuring comments from John Mohawk, also a professor at the State University of New York at Buffalo. He?s been active in diplomatic circles for the Seneca nation for years as well as being a farmer, writer and magazine editor. John Mohawk expands on the peace principles and talk about how they could be applied by individuals and other nations, to help create a more peaceful world today.

What's the Word? "Voices from the Ojibwe Nation"

From Modern Language Association | Part of the What's the Word? Honors National American Indian and Alaska-Native Heritage Month series | 29:00

Three members of Ojibwe communities, which reach from Michigan to Montana in the United States and from Quebec to Saskatchewan in Canada, share their rich literary history.

Anton Treuer talks about the Ojibwe oral tradition and his work to preserve the Ojibwe language;

Kimberly Blaeser discusses poetry's role in Ojibwe life and culture;

Gordon Henry traces the roots of Ojibwe fiction and speaks about the work of Louise Erdrich.


Well-suited to National American Indian and Alaska-Native Heritage Month in November

Thirty- and fifteen-second promos available.

This piece has a companion, What's the Word? "American Indian and Alaska-Native Tribal Traditions".

Legends: Stories from Native America

From Native Voice One | Part of the Legends series | 28:58

"Stories from Native America" is the first episode in the Legends storytelling series.

Elbertphoto_small Legends is a storytelling show. It features stories from various Native American Nations/Tribes, hosted by storyteller Elbert TwoPonies.
The stories are entertaining and give explanations for how things came to be. Theses stories taught people how to live in their clans and tribes.
Today, there is a need for stories that speak to us. It is hoped that the listener will hold one or more of these stories in his or her heart and mind and tell it to others. A meaningful story becomes a personal friend, something that speaks to one in times of trouble and helps you get through a difficult day. These stories entertain us and can help us in life, regardless of our heritage.
Each story is there to help all of us that are willing to listen; tell the story and pass it on to someone else.

Elbert Dee Walston TwoPonies (Cherokee, Comanche) was born in Slaton, Texas in 1951.  In 1972 he was taught how to tell stories in the Native American tradition by John TwoPonies, a Northern Cheyenne man who was living on the Dine' Reservation in Arizona. Elbert TwoPonies realized that the stories are very entertaining, but also have lessons, instructions on how to live and how things came to be.
In 1997 Elbert TwoPonies began telling stories on his internet radio station in hopes of giving the stories to a larger audience. He tells stories from different nations that he believes will help the listeners. It is his hope that when people listen to the stories, one or more of those stories will speak to them and that people will learn the stories, tell them to others, and pass them on.  The retelling of the stories will keep them alive.

Changing the Narrative About First Nations - Australia

From Native Voice One | 29:30

Starting in 2019, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander advocates began an ambitious two year effort to flip the script on sovereignty, self-determination and justice for First Nations. Now, after comprehensive communications training and robust messaging research, campaigners are making new gains on land rights and tackling damage to the climate.


"Changing the Narrative About First Nations - Australia" details the efforts of the First Nations community to build out a messaging fellowship to fight for First Nation sovereignty and land rights, and to re-frame the narrative of "Australia Day."

On January 26, this official national day marks the landing of a British fleet on the island. For the average Australian, it's a summer holiday for barbecue and beers with friends. For aboriginal communities is marks invasion and the onset of genocide.

Starting in 2019, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander advocates began an ambitious two year effort to flip the script on sovereignty, self-determination and justice for First Nations. Now, after comprehensive communications training and robust messaging research, campaigners are making new gains on land rights and tackling damage to the climate.

NV1 is offering this 29:30 minute special from Words to Win By. The program takes listeners on a journey around the globe with renowned communications researcher and campaign advisor Anat Shenker-Osorio as she unpacks real-world narrative shifts that led to real-world victories.

Host of the Words to Win By, Anat Shenker-Osorio, examines why certain messages falter where others deliver. She has led research for new messaging on issues ranging from freedom to join together in union to clean energy and from immigrant rights to reforming criminal justice. Anat's original approach has led to progressive electoral and policy victories across the globe.