Shawn Wiemann Interview

Hey all,

Today I am posting my interview with Dr. Shawn Wiemann of Onondaga Community College. Dr. Wiemann’s work has been focused on the Algonquins and Cassacinamon, but provided some insightful quotes on academia and the role of academics in neighborly conversation with Native nations.

  • The need to include Native American influences and voices into history as “relevant…or historically honorable way” of talking about colonial politics.
  • The “multicultural awareness of interaction” in colonial history.
  • The need for historians and academics in these fields to “approach your role as an ally” rather than co-opting.
  • How many academics are doing this for their personal gain. To “not [be] in your ivory tower” but “engaged in these conversations and dialogs” with Native voices.

Without further ado, here are some clips:

The entire interview can be found here:

Shawn Wiemann Interview


As always, all the best,


The Iroquois Indian Museum and Mike Tarbell

Hello everyone,

Today I visited the Iroquois Indian Museum and was able to record my first interview with Cultural Interpreter Mike Tarbell. Mr. Tarbell is Turtle Clan Mohawk and has worked closely with the Iroquois Indian Museum¬†for a number of years. At the museum, Mr. Tarbell presents a Native voice alongside the numerous Haudenosaunee paintings and artifacts, speaking upon their importance within his culture. When not at the museum, Mr. Tarbell, a veteran himself, works with the Wounded Warrior project across the country. Though he does find it hard to pull himself away from the museum, for it has become like his “mother’s home.” After the break, I have included some specific examples pulled from our conversation today.

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