Program 201: Honoring the Shawnee, Omaha, Otoe

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"Captain Lewis & Clark holding a council with the Indians," an etching in A Journal of the Voyages and Travels of a Corps of Discovery, Under the Command of Capt. Lewis and Capt. Clarke, by Patrick Gass. Courtesy of the Library of Congress, Rare Book and Special Collections Division, LC-USZ62-17372 www.loc.gov

"Captain Lewis & Clark holding a council with the Indians," an etching in A Journal of the Voyages and Travels of a Corps of Discovery, Under the Command of Capt. Lewis and Capt. Clarke, by Patrick Gass. Courtesy of the Library of Congress, Rare Book and Special Collections Division, LC-USZ62-17372 www.loc.gov

Historical Intro
Program Host Arlie Neskahi provides context for the journey of the Lewis and Clark Expedition as they prepared to travel through the country of the Shawnee, Otoe and Omaha tribes.

Elder Wisdom
Lewis and Clark may have started their voyage from St. Louis, Missouri, but their interactions with Native people began in the woodlands of Missouri and Illinois with Shawnee. Brian Bull honors the life of Shawnee elder, Dark Rain Thom.

Sacred Landscape
Judy Bluehorse Skelton explores native perspectives on the land and water, plants and animals that Lewis and Clark encountered along their journey.

Tribal Rhythms
Nico Wind takes us to the land of the Omaha in an interview with traditional Omaha singer, Valentine Parker, who explores the roots of the powwow.  The feature includes excerpts from the historical collection of 90 wax cylinders recorded by Alice Fletcher and Ponca man, Frances La Flesche.

Contemporary Rhythms
Milt Lee features Omaha powwow singer, Tim Grant, and his drum group, the White Tail Singers from Macy, Nebraska, who shares about Omaha music and his life of travel on the powwow trail.

Turtle Island Storytellers
Shawnee Robert Miller, shares his knowledge about one of the most valuable members of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, the Shawnee and French hunter, scout and Indian sign language interpreter, George Drouillard.