Monthly Archives: November 2012

Indian Humor

Sure, Indians have a sense of humor. Just ask Ryan Red Corn. Red Corn, a fellow Osage with Renaissance qualities—graphic artist, filmmaker and improv actor—has created videos that highlight Indian humor and is a member of the 1492s, an Indian … Continue reading

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Lakota Humor and Puppy Stew

I was captivated by the porcupine tale told by my Mohawk pal Stephen Fadden back during our graduate school days at Cornell. Stephen tells a delightful story about his uncle’s meeting with a porcupine who took up residence at the … Continue reading

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What Native Cause Will You Support?

My mailbox is stuffed with fliers from L.L. Bean and Lands End along with a bundle of requests from indigenous charities: American Indian College Fund, American Indian Youth Running Strong and St. Joseph’s Indian School. This year I’m supporting nationally … Continue reading

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Neuroscience: Le Mot du Jour

David Eagleman’s talk last evening engendered many comments around the supper table about neuroscience. Like soup du jour, neuroscience is le mot du jour (the word of the day). Neuroscience clings to the headlines like a bear to honey.

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We Want it Now

You could distill last night’s lecture into one phrase: Wait for it. Neuroscientist David Eagleman gave a public lecture in Portland on how to better manage the angel and devil on your shoulder when you’re trying to lost weight, quit … Continue reading

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Portland Acknowledges Indians…and Science

Throughout the month of November I’ve been viewing my blogs through the lens of American Indian sensibilities. The exercise is illuminating: what happens when everything you think about and write about is through such a lens? I have been critical … Continue reading

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A News Spin on Native American Heritage

When I met Ira Glass in Portland this fall, he admitted he got his stories from the headlines. Glass said he pores over the New York Times—and other publications—in search of narratives. What makes This American Life different is that … Continue reading

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