First Voices Indigenous Radio
November 12, 2019
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.drewhaydentaylor.com.