Monday, October 12, 2015 – Scary Storytelling
With Halloween just around the corner, we turn our attention to those tales of terror, those frightful fantasies: the scary story! From the Windigo to the Skinwalkers, each Nation has its own brand of frightening entertainments. In this hour, we will hear from three acclaimed Native storytellers, giving us tales to frighten and delight. We will discuss with them the art of the scary story and why they think scary stories are important.  What are scary stories you remember? What did you learn? How did the storyteller frighten you? Are Native scary stories the best? Do you have a scary story of your own to share?

Tuesday, October 13, 2015 – Sharing Stories of Recovery
For many, sharing their journey from addiction to sobriety is part of the recovery process. Addiction recovery refers to an ongoing commitment to sobriety. The Betty Ford Institute defines recovery as a “voluntarily maintained lifestyle … characterized by sobriety, personal health and citizenship.” What is the value of sharing your recovery story? Can sharing your journey help others? Is there a danger of dwelling too much in the past? If you would like to share your recovery story, email us at

Wednesday, October 14, 2015 – Photography in Native America
Photographs can be so much more than Instagram snapshots and Facebook posts. They tell stories, document our lives and preserve our memories. How is photography important to individuals, communities and tribes? When everyone with a cell phone can be a photographer, what makes good photography stand out? Why is it relevant in Native America? What stories are we telling through the camera lens?

Thursday, October 15, 2015 – Stop Wasting Food!
In the United Sttes 133 billion pounds or food-about 31 percent, of what’s produced-are wasted and tossed in the trash, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The USDA and the Environmental Protection Agency are teaming up with some charitable organizations and announced a first-ever goal to cut national food waste in half by 2030. Is food waste a big problem in Native America, even when it’s frowned upon in many tribal philosophies? Are there things you can do in your home and kitchen to reduce food waste?

Friday, October 16, 2015- Native Fitness
Glamor magazines and Hollywood movies help drive a desire to achieve a certain look: six-pack abs, flawless skin and cellulite-free thighs are often the popular image of the perfect body. But, Well for Culture founder Thosh Collins has started an innovative indigenous-based movement to redefine fitness. He believes in anchoring Native American values to staying healthy. We’ll hear from two founders of Well for Culture and their view that “strong tribal Nations are built by strong individuals.” They’ll talk about some dietary challenges Native Americans face, and the movement to relate Native culture to healthy living.

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