Ep. 01 Walking on Native Land

Joe Whittle (wild cous roots)

Our first episode is a conversation with Joe Whittle in which he shares a land acknowledgement, recounts the story of his great, great, great grandfather’s walk from the Mississippi River to the Pacific Ocean, and reflects on walking as a way to learn about land-based relationships.

Joe Whittle is a photographer, writer, seasonal US Forest Ranger, and enrolled member of the Caddo Nation of Oklahoma and descendant member of the Delaware Nation of Oklahoma. Follow him on Instagram at @joewhittlephotography. Our episode page features an image of Joe’s friend, Kanim, as gathers wild cous roots (aka cous biscuitroot) in a garden that was tended by his ancestors for over 15,000 years (Nimiipuu Territory).

Additional Information

During our conversation, Joe references statistics about the rate at which Native Americans are killed by law enforcement officers. For more information, see https://www.cnn.com/2017/11/10/us/native-lives-matter/index.html

To read Joe’s story in the Guardian, go to https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/may/18/oregon-lifestyle-wild-native-american-ancestors

Additionally, we encourage our listeners to use native-land.ca to start learning about whose land you’re on. 

Contact information for the three federally recognized US bands of Lënapeyok: 




Detailed history of the Lënape removals and diaspora:


Episode Credits

Produced by Jay Simpson, @tboltkid
Production Assistance by Sam Kellogg, @sampkellogg
And Augusta Thomson, @augusta_x_thomson
Music by Annie Garlind, uccharlo.bandcamp.com
Podcast funding by Gallatin Resource Fund at NYU.

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