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Episode 23:
400 Words for 79th Street

Dec 10, 2009

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Music, Footnotes & Ephemera

Bookending music is “Shame” by Low. Two bits in the middle are by Mi and L’au: “They Marry,” and “Philosopher.”

You can read lots and lots about Minik Wallace. (So much so that I felt a little lame about doing it). There’s even a quite good American Experience documentary. However, special commendation has to go out to Kenn Harper, a First Nations author (I believe) from up Canada Way, who not only wrote the (seemingly) definitive Give Me My Father’s Body: The Life of MInik, the New York Eskimo” and was the guy who got Minik’s father Qisuk’s bones repatriated. Amazing.

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9 Comments on 400 Words for 79th Street

  1. Rebekah says:

    Particularly poignant and beautiful… my favorite episode yet.

  2. Crystal says:

    Beautiful sad story – thank you for telling this story.

  3. Robert says:

    Great – I will use this in my class on Native Peoples this spring.

  4. Mer says:

    Truly sad story. Beautifully told.

  5. This podcast series came up as an iTunes suggestion for ‘getting your mind together’ and at first I listened to ‘you know your sick’, then this podcast, and immediately subscribed. It reminds me of the best of NPR, without the political bias. These stories are interesting, well written, and very well performed. Mr. DiMeo, you have an EXCELLENT voice for this type of material. Thank you for providing such wonderful content, and I hope you can continue to do so well into the future.

  6. Robert says:

    Played for my Native People of North America class today during our first meeting of the semester. Thanks

  7. admin says:

    how’d it go?


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  9. Gil says:

    I might do a little animation for this story as a project for art class