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ENCORE: How A Podcast Connects Idaho Indigenous Youth With Their Elders

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An aerial photo of Lake Coeur d'Alene, one of the subjects of a new podcast featuring tribal youth and elders.

This interview originally aired on Sept. 3, 2020.

When white settlers took land from what is now known as the Coeur d’Alene Tribe in North Idaho, the oral history of the land and its people was put in danger. Now, there’s a new effort to connect tribal youth with their elders through language and storytelling, incorporating indigenous knowledge of the environment with science. 

Their medium? A new podcast now in its second season. “Voices to Hear” features middle and high school students from the Coeur d’Alene tribe, mentored by college students and young adults in their community. In each episode, the youth interview elders, exploring the lakes, the creeks, the animals and fish that populate north Idaho.

Joining Idaho Matters to tell us more about the podcast are Coeur d’Alene tribe members Kyra Antone and Jake Brown, two of the young adults who mentor the youth podcast producers. Also joining the show is Anne Kern, a professor of science education at the University of Idaho in Coeur d’Alene. 

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Frankie Barnhill is the Senior Producer of Idaho Matters, Boise State Public Radio's daily show and podcast. She's always interested in hearing surprising and enlightening stories about life in the West. Have an idea for Idaho Matters? Drop her a line!