“This is like heaven for us.” These are the words of Satish Kharchane who was traveling with his father Prabhakar to the Holy Land this month. Their family hails from Pune (Poona), India and were visiting the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, built on what is believed to be the site of Jesus’ birthplace.
A complicated history deserves some detailed research.
A brief clip of of archival audio (1946) about Sitting Bull's signature that we found while doing research for this show.
Setting the tone for an interview with Sitting Bull's grandson — with respect, grace, and humility.
A quote from Oglala Lakota tribe member Ryan Wilson, referring to tribal elders who were listening to young girls singing in Arapaho.
Ojibwe teacher Keller Paap reflects on his work and the necessity of his language to adapt in order for it to flourish.
Our producer writes about the road we took to finding David Treuer's voice and creating this particular show.
“An Ojibwe Language Society Calendar” (photo: Hanson Dates/flickr)
Working on an upcoming SOF show about endangered languages, I called a professor of Ojibwe at Bemidji State University to get recordings of Ojibwe speakers for the radio program and website. His answering machine message was delivered first in Ojibwe and then in English. Then this week I called someone who works at an Ojibwe immersion school in Wisconsin, and his answering machine message was Ojibwe only.
It was a little disorienting but also inspiring to hear the language in this modern context, especially considering that Ojibwe is one of only a handful of Native American languages now spoken in the United States and Canada that is expected to survive beyond 2050.