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"Sea of Grass" by Walter Echo-Hawk

Aired on Thursday, May 16th.

Our guest is the Oklahoma-based author, attorney, and legal scholar Walter Echo-Hawk. A member of the Pawnee Nation, he is widely known for his activism and scholarship -- and for writing such books as "In the Light of Justice: The Rise of Human Rights in Native America and the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples," "In the Courts of the Conqueror: The 10 Worst Indian Law Cases Ever Decided," and "Battlefields and Burial Grounds." He joins us to discuss his book, "Sea of Grass," which is a historical novel inspired by the real people and events of his own family -- that is, by the many generations of his family, who have dwelled amid the Central Plains of North America for hundreds of years. And thus various key historical events are presented from a Pawnee perspective in order to render the outlook of Echo-Hawk's many ancestors. Please note that Walter Echo-Hawk will appear tonight (the 16th) with his son -- the acclaimed visual artist, Bunky Echo-Hawk -- at an event at the Gilcrease Museum here in Tulsa, beginning at 6:30pm. It'll be a conversational and creative on-stage collaboration between father and son, as Walter reads from his new book while Bunky creates a wholly new work of art. Details are posted here.

Rich Fisher passed through KWGS about thirty years ago, and just never left. Today, he is the general manager of Public Radio Tulsa, and the host of KWGS’s public affairs program, StudioTulsa, which celebrated its twentieth anniversary in August 2012 . As host of StudioTulsa, Rich has conducted roughly four thousand long-form interviews with local, national, and international figures in the arts, humanities, sciences, and government. Very few interviews have gone smoothly. Despite this, he has been honored for his work by several organizations including the Governor's Arts Award for Media by the State Arts Council, a Harwelden Award from the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa, and was named one of the “99 Great Things About Oklahoma” in 2000 by Oklahoma Today magazine.
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