Monthly Archives: November 2012

Science or Religion?

My talk this past weekend at Lincoln City gave me a chance to put my promise into action: Encourage folks to view events through a Native American lens. As part of Native American Heritage Month I was asked to talk … Continue reading

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When Seeing Squaw Means Seeing Red

We take for granted American Indian sensibilities at Thanksgiving and Columbus Day. But November—Native American Heritage Month—ushers in the invitation to see more than just these two events through Indian eyes. Try it. When you listen to the news today … Continue reading

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In Sandy’s Wake the Best Survives

I promised myself that during Native American Heritage Month I would attend to life through a native lens. And write about it every day. During the election blitz, my head got filled with visions of projects created under the Roosevelt … Continue reading

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Sequester the Evidence

No photographs or images of my ancestor Bear Robe have emerged from the Oglala, Osage or French sides of my family. With one exception. A rolled-up canvas, tucked in the rafters of the family home in St. Louis, was discovered … Continue reading

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Our Ancestors’ Tales: Rude and Fierce

For the month of November I’m writing a blog a day in celebration of Native American Heritage Month. So, in keeping with the sense of heritage, I’m sharing stories about my ancestors, including Henri Chatillon, who served as Francis Parkman’s … Continue reading

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When Indians are Forgotten

Folk singer Woody Guthrie’s memory is being honored in 2012, marking his 100th birthday. Guthrie has a Northwest connection. In 1941 the balladeer drove his Pontiac from New York to Oregon so he could write songs of praise for the … Continue reading

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Telling the Story Indian Style

Last week I heard Indian storytellers unfurl their tales when the Northwest Indian Storytellers Association gathered in Portland. I was enlightened and humbled to listen to Native storytellers weave their magic. We heard tales of coyote and raven, Lakota and … Continue reading

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