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First Voices Indigenous Radio

In the first half-hour of this repeat edi­tion of First Voic­es Radio, Rober­to Rodriguez — Dr. Cintli” — is a long-time journalist/​columnist who returned after 30 years to the class­room to get his Mas­ters and Ph.D. from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Wis­con­sin. His 2008 dis­ser­ta­tion was on the 7,000 year his­to­ry of maiz. It led to his book, Our Sacred Maiz is our Moth­er,” pub­lished by the Uni­ver­si­ty of Ari­zona Press. He is cur­rent­ly an asso­ciate pro­fes­sor at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Ari­zona in the Depart­ment of Mex­i­can Amer­i­can Stud­ies. He is work­ing on Smil­ing Brown, a project that inves­ti­gates col­or and col­or con­scious­ness. He has a new book, Yolqui, a War­rior sum­moned from the Spir­it World: Tes­ti­mo­nios on Vio­lence,” a mem­oir and book chron­i­cling the under­world of law enforce­ment abuse, also pub­lished by the Uni­ver­si­ty of Ari­zona Press (2019). Dr. Cintli is pub­lished reg­u­lar­ly at TruthOut​.Org. He also blogs at http://​drcintli​.blogspot​.com/.

In the sec­ond half, we wel­come award-win­ning play­wright, author, colum­nist, film mak­er and lec­tur­er Drew Hay­den Tay­lor. An Ojib­way from the Curve Lake First Nations in Ontario, he has worn many hats in his lit­er­ary career, from per­form­ing stand-up com­e­dy at the Kennedy Cen­ter in Wash­ing­ton D.C., to being Artis­tic Direc­tor of Canada’s pre­mière Native the­atre com­pa­ny, Native Earth Per­form­ing Arts. Drew is an award-win­ning play­wright, with more than 70 pro­duc­tions of his work, a journalist/​columnist (appear­ing reg­u­lar­ly in sev­er­al Cana­di­an news­pa­pers and mag­a­zines), a short-sto­ry writer, nov­el­ist and tele­vi­sion scriptwriter. He has worked on more than 17 doc­u­men­taries explor­ing the Native expe­ri­ence. Most notably, he wrote and direct­ed RED­SKINS, TRICK­STERS AND PUP­PY STEW, a doc­u­men­tary on Native humor for the Nation­al Film Board of Cana­da. Through many of his books, most notably the

four-vol­ume set of the FUN­NY, YOU DON’T LOOK LIKE ONE series, he has tried to edu­cate and inform the world about issues that reflect, cel­e­brate, and inter­fere in the lives of Canada’s First Nations. In ear­ly 2019, a film, SEARCH­ING FOR WIN­NETOU, which was direct­ed and writ­ten by Drew and exec­u­tive pro­duced by Paul Kemp, aired on CBC Docs POV. The film explores the con­tro­ver­sy sur­round­ing cul­tur­al appro­pri­a­tion of Indige­nous cul­ture in an inno­v­a­tive, hilar­i­ous, unnerv­ing, yet inspir­ing way. More about Drew can be found at www​.drewhay​den​tay​lor​.com.