30: Puvungna (Native America)



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We would say “How” to greet you, but guess what? That would be ignorant! In fact, almost anything you base off of the 1950’s-1970’s in American TV about Native Americans/First Nations is pretty much a guarantee not based on anything but weird ideas that were shoehorned into John Wayne movies. Even when we try to educate our kids about the history of North America, we can’t help but piping all sorts of random misinformation about the way this world was before Leif Erickson and Cristobal Colons’ minions stumbled onto the shores. The reality, obviously, was a lot different. But how does one dig into a good scene of where Native American culture has moved to in 2013, particularly in Southern California? Why, the Cal State Puvunuga Pow Wow, of course!

The weekend of March 9-10, Native Americans and First Nations denizens from all over the place convened on the CSULB campus to catch up, eat, laugh, and put on one hell of a show for the forefathers whose spirits rest underneath their feet in Puvungna (the Tongva word for the land that Long Beach now sits on, and beyond). If you didn’t know at least that fact, you seriously need to listen to this week’s episode. Even if you did, then maybe you still do need to hear it. Interviews, insights, and music, LIVE from the Puvungna Pow Wow.