Host Tiokasin Ghosthorse talks with BARBARA MANN, author of “Spirits of Blood, Spirits of Breath: The Twinned Cosmos of Indigenous America” (2016). Barbara Alice Mann, Ph.D. is Professor of Humanities in the Jesup Scott Honors College of the University of Toledo, Toledo, Ohio. She has authored 14 books. Her other works include “The Tainted Gift,” about the deliberate spread of disease to Natives by settlers as a land-clearing tactic; “George Washington’s War on Native America,” which looks at the major invasion of Iroquoian New York in 1779 and the genocidal attacks on Ohio from 1780 through 1782; and the internationally known “Iroquoian Women: The Gantowisas.” Dr. Mann is currently working on her next monograph, “President by Massacre,” looking at the Indian-killing credential for high office, and an international book project co-writing “The Dark Side of Empire,” examining historical massacres around the world from 1780 – 1820.
BERNADETTE DEMIENTIEFF, executive director of the Gwich’in Steering Committee. Bernadette is a member of the Gwich’in Nation. The Gwich’in Steering Committee was formed in 1988 in response to proposed oil drilling on the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. In this role, Bernadette represents the Gwich’in Nation from both sides of the border in the U.S. and Canada. Bernadette is originally from Fort Yukon, Alaska, and is the mother of 5 and grandmother of 3 beautiful children. www.ourarcticrefuge.org/gwichin-steering-committee/