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"Speak: Speak While You Can" at Living Arts of Tulsa

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Aired on Thursday, September 3rd.

On this edition of ST, we learn about a multi-artist, multi-media exhibition opening soon at Living Arts of Tulsa called "Speak: Speak While You Can." The show gathers works by several outstanding Native American artists, all of the creations focused on various indigenous/tribal langauges. Our guests are the co-curators of this show, both of them noted Native artists in their own right: Tony A. Tiger (Sac & Fox/Seminole/Muscogee) and Bobby C. Martin (Muscogee/Creek). As noted of this show in the Curators' Statement at the Living Arts website: "The beating heart of any culture is its spoken language. If the language disappears, the culture perishes. Among indigenous cultures and peoples in Indian Country -- formerly Indian Territory, now Oklahoma -- this truth hits too close to home for many. And yet the resilience of our peoples -- once forcibly removed from homelands and punished or shamed for speaking our native languages -- has led to a renaissance of language revitalization and preservation efforts.... The works in this exhibition make clear that our languages are still -- and will always be -- an integral part of our identity as Native peoples. Equally important is the reality that time is not on our side -- fluent tribal speakers are passing on, and the race is on to ensure the survival of these heart languages for future generations."

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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