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Native Narratives

A week before I spoke with Edison Red Nest III in Alliance, I had spoken with a young lady in central Nebraska. She said, “I’m not a racist, but… ” then proceeded to tell me that there were usually 4 – 5 drunken fights in town involving Native Americans. I recoiled at what sounded like casual stereotyping and yet her language reflected much of what Edison told me about his perspectives. Despite the similarity of their narratives, however, the distinction perhaps is in the optimism and openness expressed by people like Edison, who declared that the solution to his people’s trauma has always been there and is theirs to reclaim. Edison Red Nest III explained that it is against the backdrop of what he describes as historical trauma that the ills today afflicting some Native American communities play out. Simply telling me about the troubled state of Native Americans unnerved him. Yet he continued to speak with candor and brutal self-awareness. It was a display of conversational courage and vulnerability that I admired. Listen below …

Edison Red Nest III

This project is about our stories, histories, sense of place and the nature of our conversational reflections. Over the coming weeks I shall be sharing some of the Nebraskan voices I encountered. I hope that we may hear and recognize Nebraska, discerning familiar themes and making surprising discoveries. Please listen out for those coming out on this site, social media and in collaboration with KIOS. Among many intimate and moving narratives was that of Edison Red Nest III in Alliance. In this tiny snippet, a teaser really, from our 90 minute conversation, Edison calls upon his Native American heritage to inspire Native Futures. Listen below