Episode #538

Museum, Tribes, Lonewolf

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Saturday, September 18, 2004

Kurt Andersen talks with writer Sherman Alexie about being a Native American artist. We’ll explore the National Museum of the American Indian, just days before its grand opening on the National Mall. A traditional potter from New Mexico works with civil engineers to design native symbols on a grand scale. And we hear Native photographers on the legacy of Edward Curtis, whose nostalgic portraits of Indians still stir controversy.


Sherman Alexie

Special Guest: Sherman Alexie

Sherman Alexie is a poet, novelist and screen writer. He’s the author of more than a dozen books, include Ten Little Indians and The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven — which he adapted into the movie Smoke Signals, a classic of Native film. In 1999, the ...


The National Museum of the American Indian

The National Museum of the American Indian opens in just a few days on the National Mall in Washington, DC. The building itself is strikingly different from the marble halls that surround it, and its grounds evoke Native landscapes right in the center of Washington — with 28,000 ...


Robby Romero

Romero is an Apache who spent a lot of his childhood in Hollywood. His parents were in the film industry — his mom once danced in an Elvis movie. But as he got older and started playing music professionally, he found his calling in Native Rock, mixing contemporary folk-rock with ...


Edward Curtis

Edward Curtis devoted his life to photographing American Indians. He took nearly 40,000 images in the early years of the 20th century. Curtis’ camera captured the Native people as he saw them: brave, stoic, beautiful — living monuments to America’s past. But the images he created are sometimes deceptive, because ...

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Basket Bridge

Tucson, Arizona is celebrating one local tribe’s artwork with a new overpass over a 6-lane highway. The bridge is designed with traditional patterns of coyote tracks and lizards used by Tohono O’Odam basketweavers. But, the designer of Tucson’s new bridge isn’t a basket weaver, or ...


Kiki & Herb

Kiki & Herb might be the most unlikely act to play Carnegie Hall: they perform twisted covers of songs from Leonard Cohen to Eminem as a duo of a lady-of-a-certain-age and her accompanist. Their upcoming show will mark their retirement. 



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