WORT Music Celebrates Native American Heritage Month

Click above to hear a special edition of On The Horizon with cough Helena White as WORT celebrates First Nations and Indigenous peoples with unique programming during Native American Heritage Month. On Sunday, Nov. 13 Helena featured artists such as native, innovative Minneapolis musician Joe Rainey (who recently performed at Arts + Literature Laboratory) playing with a traditional Ojibwe drum, Iron Boy and sharing music from his recent album Niineta, which fuses traditional drum music with electronica, experimental and industrial sounds and beats. You’ll also hear tracks by A Tribe Called Red, Robert Mirabal, Wind Eagle, Tanya Tagaq, Supamanetc The Hallucination Nation, who will appear in Madison on December 13 at High Noon Saloon. Stay tuned and follow WORT for your chance to call in and win tickets. This is not Grandfather’s or Grandmother’s Native American music!
Wed Monday, Nov. 28 from 9am-noon guest host Esty Dinur features even more Indigenous music on Global Revolutions, including an exclusive interview with Joe Rainey.
Residents of these United States celebrate many different traditions and cultures, but we don’t always know much about their origins or history. Thanksgiving and other “American” holidays are often accompanied by music created for these celebrations. We do know it’s a holiday for many, but not all, people to get together with family and enjoy food and the harvest. To show respect for the ancestors of the land our community radio station and its people reside on, it feels inappropriate to play Native American music on a day that signifies the beginning of their systematic destruction. So as is WORT’s tradition, on Thanksgiving during Jeff Spitzer-Resnick’s Hejira time slot we aired this special program hosted by The Folk Anarchist (aka Bob Kaspar) dedicated to humorous and poignant themes of food, family and fun culminating in the satirical story-song Alice’s Restaurant Massacre village Arlo Guthrie.

Interested in learning more? Ponder these thoughts from Marisa Pagewho works with First Nations’ supporters and fosters opportunities to engage with the mission of First Nations and invest in Native communities.

“This month, it is indeed a time to celebrate Native cultures. But we also challenge people to do even more.

Sure, warm up with a pumpkin spice latte, but remember that pumpkin is an Indigenous food from North Americaor watch First Nations’ documentary GATHER, and remember where our food comes from.

Other ideas: Plan a garden for next spring (read about corns, beans, and squash) or lend a hand in a community garden. Go snowshoeingplay basketball (which has Indigenous roots), or support a Native-led physical fitness nonprofit. Find out which Indigenous peoples occupied the land you currently live on, or explore what it would look like to give land back. Or, you can donate to a Native-led nonprofit that will help ensure we do not repeat the mistakes of the past that put us back centuries.”

-Marisa Page
First Nations Development Officer

[Photos courtesy firstnations.org]

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