Program 208: Honoring the Blackfeet

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George Catlin  Stu-mick-o-súcks, Buffalo Bull's Back Fat,  Head Chief, Blood Tribe, 1832

Stu-mick-o-súcks, Buffalo Bull's Back Fat, Head Chief, Blood Tribe, 1832 - photo by George Catlin

Historical Intro

Arlie Neskahi narrates the 1806 encounter with the Blackfeet nation and the Lewis and Clark Expedition, which resulted in the only native fatality during the Expedition.

Elder Wisdom
Brian Bull presents the wisdom of Blackfeet elder and historian, Cynthia Kipp who relates stories from her childhood, and her reverence for Blackfeet spirituality.

Sacred Landscape
Judy Bluehorse Skelton discusses the prevalence of diabetes among native people and the use of traditional foods to build physical, mental and spiritual health.

Tribal Rhythms
Nico Wind takes us on the hand game trail, for a listen to the music of the stick game, featuring interviews with Kenneth Old Person, Celestus Arrowtop and Sylvia Gayton.

Contemporary Rhythms
Milt Lee talks with Kenny Scabby Robe of the Black Lodge Singers, who discusses introduction of women singers, replacing vocables with English words in powwow music, and their groundbreaking Kids Powwow Songs.

Turtle Island Storytellers
Blackfeet storyteller Curly Bear Wagner shares the traditional Blackfeet story of how the bear stole the Chinook winds.