First Voices Indigenous Radio
April 16, 2019
In the first half-hour of this special repeat edition, we ask Whats in a name? What happens when a name is applied to a physical place? The name and the place become experienced as if they are one and inseparable. However, its an illusion that a place name is actually part of the physical world. Its a way that we mentally, and sometimes spiritually, experience that place. The name is a linguistic creation and a mental projection. Its a result of human concepts. For centuries, we as Native people have, to an unfortunate extent, come to accept the stories, naming and metaphor-making that the Christian European colonizers have mentally imposed on Native nations and their traditional territories. To a great extent, much of what we as Native peoples now experience, as if it were the reality of our own political identity, has been constructed on the basis of a bigoted Christian European mentality and the metaphors of domination there were first transplanted to Great Turtle Island during the days of Western Christendom. This results in the need to decolonize and liberate our minds.
Joining Host Tiokasin Ghosthorse in this hourlong discussion are Steven T. Newcomb (Shawnee, Lenape) and Keala Kealy (Native Hawaiian). Steven is a columnist, film producer and author of Pagans in the Promised Land: Decoding the Doctrine of Christian Discovery. Steven believes that a tremendous amount of our cultural memory has been wiped clean by the colonizers over centuries and has been supplanted with false, destructive and colonized perceptions of reality and the physical world. He believes this is especially so when it comes to the true narratives of the original nations and peoples of Turtle Island. Keala is an award-winning filmmaker and journalist. Her documentary film, Noho Hewa: The Wrongful Occupation of Hawaii, has been screened and broadcasted internationally and is widely taught in university courses that focus on colonization, Indigenous cultures and the Pacific.