Episode 16: Native American Heritage Month–Nonfiction

This week, Kyrie and Cori read nonfiction books about Native Americans in honour of Native American Heritage Month. Cori has prepared her version of a pumpkin spice chai latte using Tazo Tea’s Pumpkin Chai.

Kyrie’s pick, Neither wolf nor dog : on forgotten roads with an Indian elder by Kent Nerburn explores the reservation and the tales of an Lakota Elder named Dan, to write Dan’s perspective of not only life of a Native American, but white privilege, the taking away of rights by white people, and easy life of paying attention to mother earth. After a faulty start, Kent get’s “kidnapped” and taken on the back roads as Dan tells his story and changes Kent’s perspective.

Cori’s Pick, Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann investigates a series of murders of wealthy Osage people that took place in Osage County, Oklahoma in the early 1920s. The Osage became some of the wealthiest people in the country after big oil deposits were discovered beneath their land. The mystery of who is orchestrating these killings and what else David Gran discovers in his research will keep you engaged and guessing until the end.

That President that served more than two terms we were wondering about? Franklin D. Roosevelt! According to the website: “The only president to serve more than two terms was Franklin D. Roosevelt. In 1940 he won the election for his third term. Four years later in 1944, he ran again. He became the only president to be elected to a fourth term. However, he was president for only a year into his fourth term before he suffered from a cerebral hemorrhage and passed away.”

We’re taking a break for the Thanksgiving Holiday, and will release our final episode after we all recuperate from our turkey comas. Stay tuned as we continue our exploration and honoring of Native American Heritage Month in our final episode of the season with fiction books.

Kyrie’s Pick: The Orenda – Joseph Boyden

Cori’s Pick: Last Standing Woman – Winona LaDuke

We wish you all a happy Thanksgiving and thank you for listening.





One thought on “Episode 16: Native American Heritage Month–Nonfiction

  1. Hello Kyrie and Cori, Interesting episode as always! Typically, I listen as I’m exercising (walking or running) and always have a few thoughts; however, by the time I get home, my mind has moved on to other things. But today, a few things stuck in my mind. When you expressed “white guilt,” I wondered why… though I’ve heard others say the same via social or paper media; never directly to me. As a black woman, I don’t feel that you have any reason to feel quilt for the actions of your ancestors. A few of mine could have been Africans who captured and sold people into the slave trade. Not my fault. However… I know it’s different. White privilege is such a hot topic and buzz phrase nowadays, that I imagine it evokes a sensitivity within some white people. But again, no guilt necessary and I don’t understand why. To relate: I have no guilt about being born in the US instead of Afghanistan. I have no guilt about being relatively healthy when so many others are born with physical disabilities. I know that being black is seen as somewhat of a curse, but it’s not. If you were to ask me or many other black people if they’d switch places with a white person, they’d probably say no. They’d just ask to be treated equally and to not be judged. Of course, there are always exceptions. There are many people who have a hard time being themselves, living with the history of their families, and who have shame. These are the people who would trade places with you.
    To sum up, when you mentioned being “blessed” because you were born white and experienced privilege, I felt that you were on the wrong track. I live in a sea of white people and many would feel very blessed to have some to the things and opportunities that I had/have. But… I’m sure they’d never want the black skin. 🙂
    Sooo… there are different kinds of privilege. I’m privileged in so many ways, even though I will live my entire life knowing that a large portion of people in the world do not like, or would not want to be related to people of African heritage. But… life is short. Why should I lose sleep over that.
    As black people, we have to continue the struggle, otherwise, we’ll be practically annihilated as the Native Americans experienced; but do not misinterpret the fight for equality, especially because black people have varied experiences. Another black person can read this and totally disagree.
    This probably sounds like a jumbled mess, but bottom line: Thanks for thinking, wondering, and caring for people around the world, which is what I hear in your podcasts.

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