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Indian Magazine becomes Our Native Land

The Story

Canada's first national Aboriginal radio show is growing up alongside the emerging Native rights movement. After six years on the air, Indian Magazine is ready to go "all red, all the time." Under its new title, Our Native Land, it will "give more air time to Native Peoples and ... limit non-Natives to a minimum," says host Johnny Yesno. The 1970 show opens with a story on communal living in Vancouver, interviews Iroquois-Cherokee singer Kay Starr, and closes with a segment on Indian newspapers and magazines.

Medium: Radio
Program: Our Native Land
Broadcast Date: Oct. 3, 1970
Guests: Leigh Carter, Jim Dumont, Jean Goodwill, Bob Joseph, Tona Mason, Kay Starr
Announcer: Doug Lennox
Host: Johnny Yesno
Duration: 48:42
This clip was edited for copyright reasons.

Did You know?

• Born Katherine Starks, Kay Starr began her singing career in front of an audience of chickens in her family's henhouse at age seven. Starr's aunt entered her in a talent competition on a local Dallas radio station, which she won so many times that the station created a regular 15-minute spot for her. As a teenager she took her mom on the road as she toured with Joe Venuti's jazz orchestra. Kay worked so hard that she lost her voice and caught pneumonia, taking a year off to rest. Coming back with a smokier sound, she hit a career high note as a jazz soloist.


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