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Get your bannock and tea

On Saturday afternoons for 21 years, dedicated listeners would "get their bannock and tea," and tune into CBC Radio for news from Our Native Land. The first - and so far only - national radio program focused on native issues and cultures, it chronicled the rejuvenation of native literature, art, culture and political activism beginning in 1965. Hosts included Johnny Yesno, Bernelda Wheeler, Albert Angus and Brian Maracle, who were part of the all-aboriginal production team.

This 1976 episode shows the eclectic mix of hard news, arts, human interest and documentaries that drew audiences to Our Native Land for 21 years. A chief from the Fountain Band, B.C. talks about an ongoing land claim; there's a look at the American Indian movement's influence in Canada, reports on the new Indian Affairs Minister, and a deal between Syncrude Canada and Native leaders to create jobs, a young Aztec fire dancer talking about his practice, artist George Clutesi on his friendship with Emily Carr and a documentary on wild rice harvesting in Saskatchewan.
• While technology still encroaches on traditional wild rice harvesting practices, some native peoples in Ontario, Quebec and Canada's Western provinces still set up camp and harvest rice by canoe.

• The Ojibwa word for wild rice is mand-o-min, coming from Manitou (The Great Spirit) and
meenun (delicacy). Ojibwa bands continue to harvest wild rice in lakes and rivers in Ontario, southwestern Manitoba and Minnesota.

Medium: Radio
Program: Our Native Land
Broadcast Date: Sept. 25, 1976
Guest(s): Victor Adolph, Warren Allmand, Vern Belcourt, George Clutesi, Doug Cuthand, Lou Gerwitz, Edward Henderson, Catherine Morisseau, John Paul, Guillermo Chavez Rosette
Host: Bernelda Wheeler, Albert Angus
Reporter: Beth Paul
Duration: 41:41
This clip has been edited for copyright reasons.
Photo credit: Associated Press/Jim Mone

Last updated: February 6, 2012

Page consulted on December 5, 2013

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