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First Person Radio:Weds, May 18 @9:00AM: ROBERT DESJARLAIT: Ojibwe Artist-Manoomin Advocate -KFAI FM90.3/106.7/@KFAI.org

Robert Desjarlait is Ojibwe-Anishinabe from Red Lake, Minnesota. He is a visual artist, historian, educator and traditional dancer. DesJarlait has created numerous paintings reflecting the culture of the Ojibwe and has been a cultural mentor and advisor on numerous public art projects. His father, Patrick Desjarlait was a nationally known Ojibwe artist, paving a path for Native artist’s work in the 1950s. Robert has published “Traditional Art of the Ojibwe” on Ojibwe symbols and pictographs and has done extensive research and documentation of Anishinabe traditions and symbols.

First Person Radio hosts Laura Waterman Wittstock and Richard LaFortune with Andy Driscoll talk with Robert DesJarlait about the environmental issues threatening the survival of wild rice in the Upper Midwest ricing areas in Minnesota. Wild rice - manoomin - is one of the sacred foods of the Anishinabe. It has been harvested by environmentally protected processes for centuries.

First Person Radio: May 18: ROBERT DESJARLAIT: Ojibwe Artist-Manoomin Advocate-Audio up below

On-air date: 
Wed, 05/18/2011

Robert Desjarlait is Ojibwe-Anishinabe from Red Lake, Minnesota. He is a visual artist, historian, educator and traditional dancer. DesJarlait has created numerous paintings reflecting the culture of the Ojibwe and has been a cultural mentor and advisor on numerous public art projects. His father, Patrick Desjarlait was a nationally known Ojibwe artist, paving a path for Native artist’s work in the 1950s. Robert has published “Traditional Art of the Ojibwe” on Ojibwe symbols and pictographs and has done extensive research and documentation of Anishinabe traditions and symbols.

First Person Radio hosts Laura Waterman Wittstock and Richard LaFortune with Andy Driscoll talk with Robert DesJarlait about the environmental issues threatening the survival of wild rice in the Upper Midwest ricing areas in Minnesota. Wild rice - manoomin - is one of the sacred foods of the Anishinabe. It has been harvested by environmentally protected processes for centuries.


54:57 minutes (25.16 MB)

First Person Radio Jan 12: RICARDO LEVINS MORALES: Artist of Conscience - AUDIO BELOW

On-air date: 
Wed, 01/12/2011

First Person Radio hosts Laura Waterman Wittstock and Richard LaFortune with Andy Driscoll talk with Ricardo Levins Morales about his years with Northland Poster Collective as an activist and artist in the labor and social justice movements.


Ricardo's work has intersected with American Indian community issues over three decades. He continues to produce posters and cards. Many are made in relationship with organizers and their communities. See RLMarts.com for examples of Ricardo's work.

54:53 minutes (25.13 MB)