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James Kaagegaabaw Vukelich - Indigenous Linguist and Scholar

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The Martha Fast Horse Show

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Special Guest: James Kaagegaabaw Vukelich (Ojibwe)

Show Topic: “Focus on Indigenous Linguist and Scholar James Kaagegaabaw Vukelich (Ojibwe)”

JAMES KAAGEGAABAW VUKELICH, who is Ojibwe, has been recognized nationally as a leading voice in Native Language revitalization efforts and spiritual teachings for more than a decade. His keen insights on the interconnectedness of language and culture were developed in the field speaking with, and recording elders and Native speakers of the Ojibwe language – many who have since passed on – in Canada, Michigan and Minnesota as part of the Ojibwe Language Dictionary Project.

What truly sets James apart is his ability to move seamlessly through diverse educational and community settings with both his curriculum development and presentations. James has consulted with multiple school districts to develop and teach language and cultural programs at all levels from pre-K through college. It's not uncommon to find him working with young children one afternoon and the next mentoring teachers on how to incorporate language into their classrooms. Beyond educational settings, he has facilitated multiple language roundtable groups and conducted spiritual ceremonies in communities throughout the Twin Cities as well addressing broader audiences at Native conferences across the United States.

Featured Song: "Spirit Bear" by Red Shadow Singers

Host/Producer: Martha Fast Horse (Rosebud Lakota). Producer/Writer: Liz Hill. Engineer/Talent: Justin Severson.

Airing Monnday 11/19/13 at 12:30 a.m. CDT on Blog Talk Radio.