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With Hosts Brenda Golden and Russ Letica
Join us as we discuss WhispernThunder, who we are, what we do, where you can find us and why we are coming to you on blogtalkradio.
What is the mission of WnT? Come join us and find out!
WnT will be broadcasting bi-weekly with a different subject each time, so make sure and set your reminders for a new experience on blogtalkradio.
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Join our host Billie Fidling - founder and President of Whisper n Thunder, along with several members of the Whisper n Thunder board of directors and Ambassador team as we give our listeners an insight into the history of the ERez fund and why our fund raising efforts are so important
With the hopes of changing the course of history for our people.Our blog talk radio team with producer Claudia Julien and Host Joelle Clark , will be having an in depth discussion , with Guest Arvol Looking Horse,19th Generation Keeper of the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe Bundle and its teachings. Spiritual Leader of the Lakota, Dakota and Nakota People, along with Roger Bird one of the Spiritual Leader's, and Sylvia McAdam Saysewahum and other guests regarding the heart breaking outbreak of teenage suicides across Indian Country and how returning to the Spiritual Traditions of Our Nation's may be the only way to save the lives of our children and bring hope instead of despair to our next generations.
Recent reports from 2 communites in Canada and USA:
Pine Ridge: In November, the OST ambulance service responded to 17 suicides or attempts. In one 12-month period during 2008-09, there were 97 suicide response calls." Rapid City Journal February 14, 2015
Northern Manitoba reserve of Shamattawa is mourning the deaths of 4 young people in the past 6 weeks, with concern growing after 4 more suicide attempts since. March 19,2015
Russ Letica, who is Madawaska Maliseet First Nation, reads his articles that he wrote for Whispernthunder.
The Articles are:
Bringing Children Home
Join Whisper n Thunder President Billie K. Fidlin and Karen Spencer- Barnes, WnT Director of Development along with special guests Jaclyn Roessel and other Whisper n Thunder staff as they discuss Whisper n Thunder's Gathering of Women events. For the last 2 years women across the country have gathered to discuss the topics that affect Indian Country. This show will discuss the origin of these events, what happened at the events - who came, what was discussed, and plans for the future.
This Sunday our BlogTalk radio program will cover the importance of carrying on oral tradition, and introduce our listeners to our WnT YouTube Channel. Join Billie Fidlin, president of WnT and Millie Chalk, member of the Board of Directors and part of the YouTube Channel team.
Oral tradition is the spoken relation and preservation, from one generation to the next, of a people's cultural history and ancestry, often by a storyteller in narrative form.
Oral tradition is cultural material and tradition transmitted orally from one generation to another. The messages or testimony are verbally transmitted in speech or song and may take the form, for example, of folktales, sayings, ballads, songs, or chants. In this way, it is possible for a society to transmit oral history, oral literature, oral law and other knowledge across generations without a writing system. It often refers to the transmission of cultural material through vocal utterance. WnT has brought some of the oral tradition to life in written format through our online magazine and by then sharing a oral recording of some of those stories on our YouTube https://www.youtube.com/user/WhispernThunder
The historical marginalization of indigenous people, the dogma of stigma, the continued oppression of an entire race of people to the political and social edges of society cannot and must not continue. Telling the story begins the healing. Telling the story also begins the true understanding of a history of both tragedy and triumph.
To read more articles & find out about us, please go to whispernthunder.org
opening song http://youtu.be/aop1Ffep_AA by Taina Amayi
An important topic from one of our archives is being played today on our show. Please take the time to listen, or download it to listen to later on…
Hosts Billie Fidlin and Russ Letica are joined by our guests Sootahkii Calling Last, an enrolled member of the Blackfoot Confederacy her studies include Environmental Science Water Resources at the University of Montana, her current research includes studying the indigenous relationships with water and water contaminant clean-up methods. Brian Stuart, is a Natural Resource Technician at Maliseet Nation Conservation Council. The discussion is on environmental issues facing Indian Country, amid a host of other topics.
Join us as we talk with Dr. Karina Roessel, Ed.D. as we discuss education in reservation schools. Dr. Roessel has spent her career working on the Navajo Nation from the classroom to school administration, Dr. Roessel's perspective will shed light on the not only the challenges but the opportunities in Indian education.
Listen as Jaclyn Roessel, one of the co-founders of the blog presence 4.0 and Whisper n Thunder board member, shares a dynamic show on Native style, fashion and creativity. Presence 4.0 is a style blog centered on showcasing the ingenuity and creativity American Indian people utilize in styling themselves. Co-produced by a trio of Navajo women, including Nanibaa Beck and Chelsea Chee, P4 documents our Native community’s participation in fashion by featuring individuals’ style and expression on the ground, off the streets, along the dirt road because it happens there every day. The trio will talk about the founding of their blog, memorable posts and the inspiration they find in covering Native people through their site.
Joining the conversation is Dr. Jessica Metcalfe (Turtle Mountain Chippewa), owner of Beyond Buckskin Boutique and scholar on American Indian fashion and Warren Montoya (Tamayo/Kha’po Owingeh) artist and owner of Rezonate Art. Metcalfe and Montoya will share their thoughts on American Indian art, fashion and creativity. The two will talk about an upcoming collaboration with P4.
Join host Russ Letica in and open the discussion with our guest Judy Da Silva, on topic of the long battle for First Nation communities who depend on Mother Earth for thier livelihood. In Treaty 3 which was signed in 1873, Canada promised to respect the right of the Ojibway to hunt and fish in their territory. There are high levels of mercury in that and scientific studies indicate that the boreal watersheds subjected to clear cutting often raises the mercury levels in fish above the levels fit for human consumption. This situation goes back to 1962 when Dryden paper mill dumped 9,000 kg of mercury into their river.
A River Run will be held in Toronto July 29 - 31 2014 https://www.facebook.com/events/740594235961702/
"What Grassy Narrows wants more than anything is to maintain its community … a protection of its traditional way of life and finding a way of building a local, sustainable economy.”
This Sunday join our host Russ Letica, co-chair of our radio show, and member of the Whisper n Thunder Board of Directors. He will be joined by our guest Sylvia McAdam Saysewahum co-founder of Idle No More who will bring us up to date on the Idle No More movement. They will talk about the Gateway Pipeline and First Nation Control for First Nations Education Act. http://www.idlenomore.ca/
"Idle No More calls on all people to join in a peaceful revolution, to honour Indigenous sovereignty, and to protect the land and water"
"Enough is enough. If they don't meet the concerns and the positions of the First Nations on sustainability and protection of the environment -- if they just keep doing what they are doing -- we have no other choice ... We want justice for the environment, for the land, the water and the air."
Chief Allan Adam, Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation
“First Nation’s Peoples —and the decision of Canadians to stand alongside them— will determine the fate of the planet.”—Guardian, UK
Join hosts Billie Fidlin and Russ Letica with guests Sootahkii Calling Last, an enrolled member of the Blackfoot Confederacy her studies include Environmental Science Water Resources at the University of Montana, her current research includes studying the indigenous relationships with water and water contaminant clean-up methods. Brian Stuart, is a Natural Resource Technician at Maliseet Nation Conservation Council. They will discuss environmental issues facing Indian Country, amid a host of other topics. This is Open Mic night - we hope you'll call in with your questions and comments.
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