Blog Radio: Walking the talk, Miwok, Washo and Shoshone
Listen now: Longest Walk in Miwok, Washo and Shoshone country
Article and photo by Brenda Norrell
Christmas Special: Listen to walkers on the Longest Walk northern route in the west, beginning with the Miwok at Shingle Springs, Calif. Walkers speaking include Marie Littlemoon, Willie Lonewolf, Antonio Ruiz and Weldon Austin, with Rockstar Ray.
Chet Stevens, Western Shoshone and David Smith, Yomba Shoshone, describe the nuclear testing, radiation and gold mining on Shoshone treaty lands in Nevada. Western Shoshone Corbin Harney is remembered. Janice Gardipe, Paiute Shoshone, shares a Shoshone song of a little bird leaving its nest.
Washo gathered near Cave Rock, speak on prayer and honoring Mother Earth. One Washo great grandmother said earlier she questioned, "Where are the warriors?"
Then, she said, "I see from you warriors that we are alive.
"I am so happy to be here."
Near Cave Rock, Calvin Magpie, Cheyenne Arapaho, offers a song.
From South Dakota, at the site of the hogfarm protest, Yankton Dakota offer a drum song.
"Starwalker" and "Universal Soldier" by Buffy Sainte Marie. "Going Back," by Floyd Westerman.
Listener level: Everyone, 90 minutes
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Photo: Longest Walk northern route in South Lake Tahoe in Feb. 2008. Second from left: Calvin Magpie; next Willie Lonewolf and Stella Magpie. Photo Brenda Norrell