Sunday at 5:00 pm
Native Spirit Radio
Native Spirit provides Native American music from across the country. From Powwow music to Native American Church, traditional songs from different tribes, to contemporary style like Rock, Country, Blues, and Country. Native people are producing a lot of music and this show is one of the few they can get showcased on.
Program host Rhonda LeValdo plays contemporary and traditional Native American music, including Northern and Southern Powwow Music, traditional tribal music as well as Stomp Dance, Peyote Native American Church, Rabbit Dance, Pueblo Music including Buffalo Dances, Basket Dances. Contemporary style including Indigenous (Blues/Rock), Arigon Starr (Country/Rock), Rap, and Hip Hop.
Rhonda has also conducted interviews with American Indian professors, writers, and nusicians including George Primeaux, Dr. James Riding In, the late Vine Deloria Jr., Mark Trahant, and more to come. At the half hour she reads a “Native News” segment in Indian Country, the only place you will hear news stories specifically concerning American Indians.
- Living Voices, a short-segment audio series in English and Spanish featuring profiles of Native Americans and Native Hawaiians today, can also be heard occasionally during Native Spirit Radio. Living Voices is a joint production of the Community Services Department and the Film and Video Center of the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian.
Maurice Kenny, Mohawk Poet September 16, 2012 | 5:00 pmNative Spirit Radio host Rhonda LeValdo interviews Maurice Kenny, Mohawk poet. The State University of New York (SUNY) Press reported that Maurice Kenny’s works "have received various accolades and awards. He was recognized by the Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers with the Elder Achievement Award, and two of his collections of poems, Blackrobe and Between Two Rivers, were nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.
Rhonda LeValdo is a faculty member at Haskell Indian Nations University in Media Communications in Lawrence, Kansas. She sits on the board of directors for the Native American Journalists Association and is the current President of that organization. Rhonda writes for the newspaper "News from Indian Country" and the website: lastrealindians.com