Monday, December 21, 2015 – Climate Change
Nearly 200 nations agreed to cut greenhouse gas emissions at the COP 21 summit in Paris this month. They’re going to limit the global rise in temperatures. Nothing in the agreement is legally binding, but supporters applaud the step forward. The agreement also mentions contributions by Indigenous populations, although there are no specific protections. We will talk to members of the Indigenous delegation to the talks and hear their perspectives on how this agreement saves the world. Or at least tilts in the right direction.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015 – Help Me in the Kitchen: Holiday Edition
The holiday dinner is right around the corner. Our plates will be filled with some sort of succulent meat, numerous sides and at least one dessert. The holiday dinner may look perfect in your head, but sometimes it doesn’t turn out that way. Some folks are not aces in the kitchen and probably never get invited to bring food to the holiday potluck. In this episode, we’re going to help you in the kitchen. Do you have questions about that raspberry torte recipe? Are you wondering what kind of sauce compliments roast lamb?

Wednesday, December 23, 2015 – String Games and Figures
For some tribes, winter means it’s time to take out the string. Choreographed finger movements weave strings into intricate figures and designs-stars, animals, heroes and tricksters. Depending on the pattern, a person playing string games can hold an entire story in their hands. String figures are made all over the world and many tribes in the U.S. have their own stories behind them. How does your tribe use string figures? What’s your favorite string game?

Thursday, December 24, 2015 – The Best (and Worst) Gifts
We take our annual look at people’s personal experiences with giving and receiving. We hear from our listeners and from many of the people we’ve crossed paths with recently about memorable gifts–from white elephants to cherished keepsakes, from Bed, Bath & Beyond gift cards to family togetherness.

Friday, December 25, 2015: Best of Music Makers
Today we take a look back at 2015 through the music. On this pre-recorded program you’ll hear the voices of some of the musicians that graced our airwaves this year. From the Native American flute to jazz and R&B to rock, the Native musicians that we caught up with this year brought a lot of great rhythms to our ears. Was there a particular music maker you that taught you a thing or two about their nation this year?

Native America Calling is a national call-in program that invites guests and listeners to join a dialogue about current events, music, arts, entertainment and culture.

The program is hosted by Tara Gatewood (Isleta Pueblo) and airs live each weekday from 1-2 pm Eastern.

Join the conversation by calling 1-800-996-2848.

Week of December 21 on Native America Calling