Host and Producer of First Voices Indigenous Radio
"I can't let go of the ancient ways
It's in the blood I can't let go
It's in the blood"
"We have to stop with the idea of creating peace on earth and begin with creating peace with Mother Earth. We've tried the first alternative for thousands of years, but look where that has led us, now is the time of the Original Ways, the Native ways, after all ... it is coming this way - that we all must make peace with Mother Earth - there is no more altering the native way."
Tiokasin is available for concerts, lectures and other speaking engagements.
Please email: Tiokasin@gmail.com
Tiokasin Ghosthorse is from the Cheyenne River Lakota (Sioux) Nation of South Dakota and the bands of Itazipco/Mnicoujou and Oglala. He is the host of First Voices Indigenous Radio on WBAI NY - Pacifica Radio. Tiokasin has been described as “a spiritual agitator, natural rights organizer, Indigenous thinking process educator and a community activator.” One reviewer called him “a cultural resonator in the key of life.”
Politics for the Lakota is spiritual and is not separate from the rest of life.
Tiokasin has had a long history in Indigenous rights activism and advocacy. He spoke, as a teenager, at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. Ever since his UN work, he has been actively educating people who live on Turtle Island (North America) and overseas about the importance of living with each other and with Mother Earth.
He is a survivor of the “Reign of Terror” from 1972 to 1976 on the Pine Ridge, Rosebud and Cheyenne River Lakota Reservations, and the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs Boarding and Church Missionary School systems designed to “kill the Indian and save the man.”
Tiokasin Ghosthorse is also a master musician and one of the great exponents of the ancient red cedar Lakota flute, and plays traditional and contemporary music, using both Indigenous and European instruments. He has been a major figure in preserving and reviving the cedar wood flute tradition and has combined “spoken word” and music in performances since childhood. Tiokasin performs worldwide and has been featured at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, Lincoln Center, Madison Square Garden, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and at the United Nations as well as at numerous universities and concert venues.
His words of Indigenous insight and global concern are offered though the experience of "one Lakota living in one world".
~ Mitakuye Oyasin
WHAT DOES TIOKASIN DO BESIDES TALK??????
Tiokasin is a working board member and/or an advisory member of the following non-profit organizations:
CHANGING WINDS(www.changingwinds.org) especially with the year-round help for Lakota reservations and children. Please see their website for more information.
CINEMINGA (www.cineminga.org) is a collective that links peoples East and West, and North and South through digital stortytelling. Our goal is to strengthen traditional cultures by supporting community media projects.
LAKOTA YOUTH ARTS COUNCIL (a newly formed non-profit) working on suicide prevention and education, through cultural arts, environmental and history; and Mitakuye Oyasin. (more to come)
SIMPLY SMILES (www.simplysmiles.org)
On the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Reservation in South Dakota there exists poverty on a staggering scale. As our first domestic endeavor, Simply Smiles is honored to have been welcomed into this community and to be able to support these incredible children and their families.
We are committed to a vision to curtail suicides, to provide basic needs, to give children an alternative to the dangers of the streets, to preserve and cultivate the rich Lakota Culture, and to provide bright futures for these impoverished children.
For speaking engagements regarding Native "american" perspectives in history, culture and performances, please email: Tiokasin@gmail.com
20 Years of Indigenizing and Re-Indigenizing Radio
Nationally and Internationally
First Voices Indigenous Radio (FVIR) is the first "Indigenous" radio program in the northeastern states of the U.S. and the world offering a cutting-edge format. FVIR brings to the airwaves the experiences, perspectives and struggles of Indigenous peoples worldwide whose exclusion from mainstream, progressive and alternative media is deleterious to the whole of humanity. Our purpose is to help ensure the continuance and survival of Indigenous cultures and Nations by letting “the people” tell their own story, in their own words, and often in their own languages and ways of speaking. FVIR educates and informs, while breaking down the romanticization, historical and current stereotypes, and begin to form real relationships with Indigenous nations and communities, based finally, on respect and real understanding.
This one-hour is devoted to bringing the voices of the Indigenous peoples connecting their struggles with those of other Indigenous Peoples around the world.
Those of us in the media supposedly seek the truth. Or what we deem to be the truth. But what or who defines our truths? How responsible are we journalists to purport the truth to our readers, our viewers, our listeners? How dependent are audiences on our versions? Do we inspire them to search out their own truths, or do we influence so well that we leave no room for doubt?
However, how do we know which points are valid? What colors our visions? Are there non-Indians and Indians who can relate to the news concerning Indigenous information without bringing into play embedded stereotyping; distorted images portrayed repeatedly by the media for decades? Is there a way to present the truth and still maintain that Indigenous people are not of the past, not second-class citizens and incorporate a belief that our lives are of interest to the general populace? Of course! However, where can we find the every-day truths concerning world wide indigenous issues? Not just from the so-called “western” hegemony of "Indigenous, Native American, American Indian, or Aboriginal" writers, but from the people living, doing and relating themselves to terra firma with intact culture, languages and perspective.
Western compulsory [Euroamerican] education has taken its toll and in some aspects, educated the wisdom out of the Indigenous mind and has brought to the forefront a rationale explained in foreign concepts unrelated to the lands it pretends to have conquered. The experience of the Native person who lives the voice of Mother Earth has to encounter a different paradigm of western reasoning based in denial of the Indigenous thinking process. How do we see ourselves in systematic western institutions based on disenfranchisement of "killing the Indian [thoughts] and saving the [American] man"?
Much of today's radio programming is written by non-Indigenous people, and the programs presented by Indigneous peoples are often edited, either by tribal governments, churches or non-Indigenous producers. There is definitely a need for an innovatory talk radio program where the average Native can present his or her viewpoint without feeling pressured to curb perspective.
From the Pacifica Radio Network and the WBAI New York studios located on Wall Street in lower Manhattan, First Voices Indigenous Radio airs weekly and is syndicated on 41 other national and international radio stations with features focusing on the world's Indigenous peoples. FVIR is heard on other Pacifica affiliates, pirate radio stations, and live Internet radio and archived for broadcast at www.WBAI.ORG. The broadcast areas covers a population density of 28 million people in the states of New York, Connecticut and New Jersey, with a fringe radius in Rhode Island and Pennsylvania including the cities of Providence and Philadelphia.