A highlight from [Unedited] Layli Long Soldier with Krista Tippett

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Thank you for making this track. I'm sorry it was hard for you to get there. No i'm sorry to you. I learned a lesson. We left at ten forty five from santa fe and i thought that was enough time. Oh my god mo- car accident construction and he well. I was out there A couple of years ago for the first time so beautiful. But i did. I did see how there's kind of one road in rudy Well i'm so happy to have you. Do you have like a glass of water. Do you need to take some breaths and recover from your drive. I just got a big goal. Good excellent do you have any questions of me before we start No maybe just what the just as review. Yeah so we're gonna talk about things that utah think about and talk about all the time so don't be anything surprising I i wanna talk a little bit about. Just you know you. As a person a writer a poet your passions for language and identity and then get into whereas the book and also the story about what it's responding to And i'm and i'm gonna ask you to little do by the way did you get the message. Should bring the book or do you have the i did. Yeah okay so right. Yeah yes so so if you feel it's a little tricky reading poetry Unreal long poems. are hard Having said that. I i really do want to ask you to read thirty eight at the end and just i just want to hear you eat it at. It might be something that people would just be able to read online I was gonna say if you felt as we're talking if there's something upon that you would want to bring in just feel free to do that but otherwise i may I will ask. I've got a couple of Of homes that. I know i'd like you to read at the end at latest. Okay does that make sense. Yeah okay all right. I just poured my t to okay. So chris are your levels scrape. We are already to go. i don't even have to. I don't know how to ask her what she had for lunch. No okay great. That's usually what we needed to get levels okay. Well i'm so happy to have you at the other end of the microphone you something. Didn't i see anywhere in In what i read of. You is where you grew up. Oh i grew up mostly in the southwest. I should say. I grew up in the south west so My parents my mom is from northern idaho And my dad is from pine ridge. South dakota okay But when i was small. Excuse me when i was a when i was really young. My mom went back to college and she went to arizona. State university uh-huh and then she got a job with the navajo tribe. Okay so we moved to the four corners area. And so yeah. And that's where i grew up in that swearing still am now. Okay and Was how would you describe their religious or spiritual Background of your childhood Expansively understood however you would look at that now Well excuse me. When i was growing up. My mom was a behi- so that that formed a lot of my primary Spiritual foundation As a child And then as i got older. I think Maybe in my interest in lakota. My own right what she will. Also your mother. No she is non native now okay so And then i think as they got older and got more interested in lakota culture. I think that's been also a big part of what what value and. I feel like it's something that i'm still learning about. I'm certainly no expert but It is a part of who i am today. No so what. What year were you born in. I was here. You referred to as young says that a not okay. Let's test this born. Do a have to say well. No you don't i was just gonna here's want something i wanted to ask a couple of years ago i interviewed sitting bull's great grandson. Ernie lapointe and It was as in when i was as it was as i was preparing to that interview that i i learned that That it wasn't until nineteen seventy eight that the american indian religious freedom act Gave the lakota and other tribes the right to perform their sacred rituals and ceremonies that these things had been decreed barbarous and demoralizing in eighteen eighty three in law and so it so that was interesting to talk to him and others about who essentially grew up with their with their ceremonies enrich sacred rituals being illegal and kind of passed on furtively but it occurs to me that you more or less grew up in the aftermath of that shift although probably when it was still in transition. I'm just curious about that If that's something you're aware of. Oh yeah it's definitely something. I've i've i've been aware of. I think For my generation. I can't speak for. All of my generation cannot speak for all lakota people but just from my personal experience I've found even in my own family. my local to family's very diverse. We know spiritually speaking. So i have local to family who is christian Some of them are in a c. Which is native american church. And that's something that My grandma was a part of And then some of my family practice or they're more traditional so me personally personally I'm a little looser. Maybe because i'm a poet. Or i don't know what you know. I'm not terribly religious or terribly strict in any sense of the word when it comes to religion But so i'll go to things or i'll participate in things if they relate to family events but Certainly for me. It's like the more traditional teachings that are important to me as i said before But even learning about those things It's something that has come slowly because it's You know you have to find the right people and the right family members and who have that kind of knowledge to share And whereas a see in in my own family. There's there's really the the influence of christianity. And i certainly respect and love my family members who are christian but Again there's this. There's a great diversity even in our own communities in. I think that has a lot to do with The history right. Yeah people had to pray somehow right right that that christian aspect of things is also part of that lineage of that history even if it's a

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