The world is full of amazing children. Sometimes, we just have to take a moment to recognize one. Today, that child is is Ashol-Pan, a 13-year-old Mongolian girl who carries on her culture’s tradition of hunting with a golden eagle. She may just be the only girl on the planet with this very unique skill.
Check out photographer Asher Svidensky’s jaw-dropping images of her on BBC News Magazine: http://uni.cf/1mcT252
I’m already imagining the Studio Ghibli version of this story.
The image of a warbonnet and warpaint wearing Indian is one that has been created and perpetuated by Hollywood and only bears minimal resemblance to traditional regalia of Plains tribes. It furthers the stereotype that Native peoples are one monolithic culture, when in fact there are 500+ distinct tribes with their own cultures. It also places Native people in the historic past, as something that cannot exist in modern society. We don’t walk around in ceremonial attire everyday, but we still exist and are still Native.
I tell my students, ‘When you get these jobs that you have been so brilliantly trained for, just remember that your real job is that if you are free, you need to free somebody else. If you have some power, then your job is to empower somebody else. This is not just a grab-bag candy game.
The complete Studs Terkel Radio Archives (consisting of thousands of interviews and programs mostly originally broadcast between 1952 and 1998 on WFMT radio in Chicago) will eventually be available on a free streaming website complete with images, descriptive text and other contextual materials and extensive search tools. The programs currently available here are online in order to facilitate transcription, translation and other tests as well as to raise awareness of this project.
The official website is being created through a partnership between the WFMT Radio Network, the Chicago History Museum, the Library of Congress, Pop Up Archive and other partners. We expect a first version of the website to launch in mid-2014.
If you have any questions about the Studs Terkel Radio Archive (or wish to support it) please contact Tony Macaluso at firstname.lastname@example.org.