In this week’s episode, Host Tiokasin Ghosthorse explores the topic of land acknowledgements. The inspiration is an article that was published October 7, 2021 in The Conversation, an online, nonprofit and independent news outlet: “Land acknowledgments meant to honor Indigenous people too often do the opposite — erasing American Indians and sanitizing history instead.”

Tiokasin’s guests include: (1) Valerie Lambert (Choctaw Nation, Oklahoma), Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and President of the Association of Indigenous Anthropologists (a Section of the American Anthropological Association). Valerie’s first book, “Choctaw Nation: A Story of American Indian Resurgence” (University of Nebraska Press 2007), is a story of tribal nation building in the modern era. It is the winner of the North American Indian Prose Award and was a finalist for the Oklahoma Book Award. Valerie has completed the manuscript for her second book, “American Indians at Work: An Ethnography of the Bureau of Indian Affairs.” (2) Michael Lambert (Eastern Band Cherokee) is Associate Professor of African Studies and Anthropology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Michael's research has focused on francophone West Africa and American Indians. He is author of "Longing for Exile: Migration and the Making of a Translocal Community in Senegal" (Heinemann) and co-author (with Leonard Lambert) of "Up from These Hills: Memories of a Cherokee Boyhood" (Univ. of Nebraska Press). In addition, He has published on belonging, gender, negritude, migration and West African politics; and (3) Elisa ("EJ") Sobo, Professor and Chair of Anthropology at San Diego State University, is a sociocultural anthropologist. She is past President of the Society for Medical Anthropology and a longstanding member of the editorial boards of Anthropology and Medicine, Medical Anthropology, and Medical Anthropology Quarterly. Dr. Sobo has published 13 books (e.g., Culture and Meaning in Health Services Research) and numerous peer-reviewed articles. Her work has been featured on NPR’s All Things Considered, and in the New York Times, Washington Post, and other news outlets; and she has written commentaries for HuffPost, Sapiens, San Diego Union Tribune, and other public-facing media. Read the article and find out more about this week’s guests here:

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