Indigenous Examples of Public Narrative

I learned about public narrative (story of self, us, and now) from Marshall Ganz in graduate school. One lesson on public narrative, we watched and analyzed several videos of public speeches to get a feel of what one would sound like. Later as an assignment we had to practice and make one of our own. We had to write our stories, record it, and practice delivery. Today, I too have my student practice this similar lesson. Good skills to have. Some of the videos we watched were; Obama’s 2004 DNC speech, MLK’s I Have a Dream speech, J.K. Rowling’s 2008 Harvard Commencement speech and Bono’s 2006 National Breakfast speech to name a few.

While I was in Ganz’s class, I would think about our Indigenous public narratives and stories. My mind would swirl of our creation stories, our stories of hope, inspiration, and motivation. I knew they were all connected and after spending some time organizing the Native Vote in 2011 I had to find Indigenous public examples to try and show tribal community members I was working with Indigenous examples of public narrative. I heard these and loved them. Now I use them all the time. I’m always on the hunt for more amazing public narratives, so when you hear one let me know. I’d like to highlight.

Denise Juneau via Trahant Reports (Mandan Hidatsa)

Peggy Flanagan via C-SPAN (White Earth Nation Ojibwe)

Peggy Flanagan – Swearing In Ceremony (MN House)  (start at 4:38)

Suggested Podcasts – Indigenous Voices

I really enjoy listening to these podcasts. I always learn something new. All are related to Indigenous community, culture, and conversation (from Unreserved). Good Muslim Bad Muslim is just good conversation and the ladies are very entertaining. I learn so much from Taz and Zahara every time I listen. I listen to all podcasts when I’m on long drives.

1.  CBC Unreserved

2.  Next Gen Native

3. Trahant Reports

4.  Native American Calling

5. Good Muslim Bad Muslim

Video ​​​Examples of Indigenous Organizing and Storytelling

Awesome video examples of communicating with your tribal members and telling your community stories. Pay attention to techniques and platforms.

(All are Facebook Videos, with the exception of Nike N7, they are linked to YouTube)

1.  Stan Walker Maori Music Video – RNZ 

(Tip: See length of URLs? Try shortening them)
Bitly Link      YouTube Link     Facebook Link 

2.  Toronto Indigenous Food Restaurant – Indie88

3.  #DefineYourDirection Campaign – Chickasaw Nation

4.  Coming of Age. Out of Canada – CBC Unreserved

5.  #WeMatter Campaign

6.  #TONation and the Borderlands – Indigenous Rising Media

7.  Fort Peck Tribes Health Promotion / Disease Prevention Wellness Program

8.  Heating the Navajo Nation – Fusion

9.  Columbia River Tribal Fish Commission – Harvesting Salmon

10.  Navajo Heavy Metal Band – Fronteras Desk 

11.  Broadband Bruce – Bringing the internet to his Indigenous community.

12.  Nike N7 – Dare to Rise Videos: Jude Schimmel,  Lyle Thompson

Desktop Tools

Some of my favorite tools. Learned from other organizers working in the field.

• Canva
• Venngage
• Action Network: a constituent relationship manager (CRM) that track and target supporters, email them, and create online actions.
• Semaphor: a secure, encrypted messaging/chat tool.
• Hustle: a peer-to-peer messaging tool

Note: will be updated regularly.

Parrish Digital Free Tools & Applications

Free Online Tools and Applications (Android and iPhone)
• Facebook
• Instagram and Boomerang
• Twitter
• Snapchat
• Photo Editor
• Mematic (or search meme maker or meme generator)
• Tweetroot
• Layout
• Flipgram
• Spark Post and Page
• INSTFIT or whitagram
• Whatsapp
• Bitly

New ones I’ll be exploring – Mastodon and Vero.

Some examples. I’ll continue to add to the list.