The Future of Indigenous Voices in America

By Bridget Kelley (‘22)

Editor’s Note: “Podcast America” focused on telling about America’s past and present through listening to and creating podcasts. One of the central goals was to examine how students can include more varied identities in the stories we tell about America, especially in terms of race, class, gender, and sexuality. The class explored different topics and narrative forms by listening to a wide variety of podcasts, from This American Life and 1619 to This Day in Esoteric Political History and 99% Invisible. For the midterm and final exam, students drew on what they learned from listening assignments, research papers, guest speakers, and group discussions to create their own podcast episodes. We have chosen to include the creator’s midterm and final podcasts to provide context and demonstrate growth.

Bridget Kelley is an American Studies major with minors in Collaborative Innovation and Anthropology at the University of Notre Dame. Her podcast was originally recorded for Professor Brian Collier’s American Studies course, ‘Podcast America: Now Hear This!’. Her favorite part about American Studies is exploring how historical currents affect present culture in different aspects of American society.

Though we may be accessing this site from around the world, we acknowledge our affiliation with the University of Notre Dame and thus our presence on the traditional homelands of Native peoples (even if virtually) including the Haudenosauneega, Miami, Peoria, and particularly the Pokégnek Bodéwadmik, who have been using this land for education for thousands of years, and continue to do so.

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