Featured Author Podcasts
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Elissa Washuta and Theresa Warburton: Shapes of Native Nonfiction
Join us for an evening with Washuta and Warburton, editors of a new anthology of essays by contemporary Native writers. They'll be joined by contributors Laura Da' and Ruby Murray. Recorded on July 22, 2019.
Listen to Audio (mp3) [file size: 34.00MB] [Play time: 1 hr 14 min]
Honoring the Wisdom of Our Elders
A special program dedicated to celebrating the wisdom of Indigenous elders. Recorded on Nov. 8, 2018.
Listen to Audio (mp3) [file size: 53.20MB] [Play time: 1 hr 56 min]
A Panel on "Chief Seattle and the Town That Took His Name"
Join us for a discussion of Chief Seattle and his times. Panelists include Duwamish Tribal Chairperson Cecile Hansen, historian David Buerge, linguist Nile Thompson, and moderator David Brewster. Recorded on Nov. 8, 2017.
Listen to Audio (mp3) [file size: 29.14MB] [Play time: 1 hr 03 min]
An Evening with Cowlitz tribe members Elissa Washuta and Christine Dupres
Elissa Washuta and Christine Dupres discuss their recent books about issues of identity and belonging: "My Body Is a Book of Rules" and "Being Cowlitz." Recorded on Feb. 23, 2015.
Listen to Audio (mp3) [file size: 30.01MB] [Play time: 01 hr 05 min]
Bev Sellars reads from 'They Called Me Number One'
Join Bev Sellars, chief of the Xat'sull Indian Band, to hear a first-hand account of her childhood at a residential school for Indians in British Columbia. Recorded on Feb. 16, 2014.
Listen to Audio (mp3) [file size: 24.25MB] [Play time: 0 hr 52 min]
Joy Harjo reads from 'Crazy Brave'
Joy Harjo reads from her memoir: a story about family, a hardscrabble youth, young adulthood, and her journey to become an award-winning poet and musician. -- Joy Harjo was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where she grew up with an abusive stepfather. She attended an Indian arts boarding school, where she gained an appreciation for painting, music, and poetry; gave birth while still a teenager; and struggled on her own as a single mother, eventually finding her poetic voice. Recorded on July 11, 2012.
Listen to Audio (mp3) [file size: 31.49MB] [Play time: 01 hr 08 min]
Leslie Marmon Silko: 'The Turquoise Ledge: A Memoir'
Leslie Marmon Silko discussed "The Turquoise Ledge: A Memoir" on Oct. 19, 2010 at The Seattle Public Library. Her first new book in ten years combines memoir with family history and reflections on the creatures and beings that command her attention and inform her vision of the world, taking readers along on her daily walks through the arroyos and ledges of the Sonoran desert in Arizona. Recorded on Oct. 19. 2010.
Listen to Audio (mp3) [file size: 40.53MB] [Play time: 1 hr 28 min]
Lynda Mapes: 'Breaking Ground: The Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe and the Unearthing of Tse-whit-zen Village'
Lynda Mapes presented a program about the excavation of the Tse-whit-zen Village of the Lower Elwha Klallam tribe in Port Angeles, one of the largest and oldest Indian village sites ever found in this region. Recorded on May 17, 2009.
Listen to Audio (mp3) [file size: 62.09MB] [Play time: 1 hr 07 min]