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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.