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The Keenest Observers: Restoring Native Ceremonies

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Anyone who practices a religion can appreciate the long traditions involved in worship.  Few can imagine trying to restore those traditions after a long absence. 

But that is what native communities face, as they work to continue traditions stopped by force, by killing, and by banishment to reservations. 

Dr. Cutcha Risling Baldy, who teaches Native American studies at Humboldt State University, details the work of the Hoopa tribe in restoring a women's coming-of-age ceremony that had been stopped.  Her book is We Are Dancing For You.Robert Goodwin returns with The Keenest Observers to talk to Dr. Baldy about her work.  
 

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Geoffrey Riley is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and marked his tenth anniversary as the full-time host of the Jefferson Exchange at the end of 2019. He's been a broadcaster in the Rogue Valley for 35 years, working in both television and radio.
John Baxter's history at JPR reaches back three decades.  John was the JPR program director who was the architect of "the split" when JPR grew from a single program stream to three separate streams. We coaxed him out of retirement and he's now a co-producer of the Jefferson Exchange.
Robert Goodwin is a substitute host on The Jefferson Exchange and the host of the monthly segment The Keenest Observers. In the segment, Rob leads an exploration of issues affecting people from minority communities, and how all of us think and talk about race.