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ReVision Quest
with Darrell Dennis

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Darrell and the big questions

Well folks, I guess stick a fork in us, we're done!  Today's "Questions" show was our last of the season.   This year, like the end of every year, it's time for us to look back and reflect on the episodes that we produced.  I like to judge the success of every season by how many "a-ha" moments I had, or how many times, I said to myself "Hmmm, I never thought of it like that before".  This season those moments came fast and furious. 

Behind the scenes of Revision Quest,

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Aug 31, Sept 1, 3 Everything you wanted to know about Native people but were afraid to ask

questions.jpgAt ReVision Quest we pride ourselves on clearing up misconceptions and stereotypes about Aboriginal people. This episode is dedicated to some of the questions we haven't answered yet, like "How do you get an Indian name?" or "Why don't Native people pay taxes... ever?"
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Darrell on "Bad Romance"

Unfortunately, with a show like ReVision Quest, we only have half an hour to discuss topics that would take an entire season to make any sense of. The episode "Bad Romance: Us and Them" is a prime example. The problem with the relationship between Natives and the Canadian government has been a problem since before there was a "Canadian" government. So, trying to solve it in the allotted time would be a superhuman feat. Maybe if the CBC gave us a time slot that went year round... just throwing it out there!

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August 24, 25 & 27 Bad Romance: "us" and "them"

wedding reings.jpgFrom its beginning, the relationship between First Nations and the federal government has been... well, rocky at best. What might have looked good on paper, never really materialized into a solid partnership. Will the Reds and the Feds ever work things out?

 

 

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Darrell on Urban Natives

I really enjoyed listening to this episode on city Natives, partly because I hadn't yet heard the completed, edited episode yet but also because Natives living in the city is a pretty common theme in a lot of my writing: screenplays, theatre, comedy, etc.

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Aug 17, 18 & 20 Urban Natives: Aboriginals and the City

urban native.jpgMore than half of Canada's Aboriginal population lives in cities. And according to a recent study, many have no plans to return to their reserves. Why are we leaving the rez behind? And what else are we leaving behind when we go? Does leaving the rez make us sellouts? And what is our role as Urban Indians?

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Darrell on Water Woes

As I was listening to today's episode on water, I reflected on an article that I read in the LA Times the other day.  Los Angeles is the second largest city in the US and almost since its inception has not had enough water to sustain its population.  Heck, right next door in Nevada, they built cities in the middle of a desert and water flows through that state twenty four hours a day: fountains, golf courses, swimming pools... in a desert! 


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ReVision Quest: Water. H2Oh-Oh?

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Clean drinking water is supposed to be available to everyone in Canada. But too often Aboriginal communities are under boil water advisories or lack the infrastructure to have clean water in the first place. So what can we do about our H2O woes?

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Hair blog

I listened to today's episode of Revision Quest for the first time from the U.S. Thank goodness for the internet and keeping me linked to Canada and the CBC. As I listened today, I remembered how much fun I had working on the hair episode. There were a lot of laughs writing and recording the sketches and working with the producers to put the episode together. A lot of times when we decide on topics for the show, we run into the question of whether or not there is enough content to fill a half-hour episode. And almost every time we find there is usually too much content. That was the case with the Hair episode.

Although the topic seemed pretty generic at first, it became obvious that the length of a Native person's hair does have a significant effect on how mainstream culture views the quote, unquote "realness" of a Native person. Nowadays, I quite often get the comment from non- Native people "You don't look Native", as if there was one standard by which all Native people should look like. 

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ReVision Quest: Hair

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From the days of pre-contact right up to the Hollywood westerns, long hair has identified Aboriginal people right across North America. While it's effectively the most visual stereotype of Native people, today wearing long hair symbolizes an ancient bond to tradition that hasn't been broken, even through the most violent acts of assimilation. Plus, it looks cool! That's what ReVision Quest explores this week when host Darrell Dennis gets a good look at First Nations hair.


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