PODCAST: American Indians’ Complex History with Thanksgiving

Nov. 20, 2017 / By and


Gratitude is deep-seated in indigenous culture and a tragic history of events hasn’t changed that. “We can try to make thanksgiving everyday,” says American Indian Studies professor Deborah Sanchez.

Also a Los Angeles Superior Court Judge, the Cal State Long Beach professor talks with the VoiceWaves podcast team about her native roots and traditions and gives her narrative on Thanksgiving.

Hosted and edited by M.Smith and Ben Novotny.

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Mariah Smith

Mariah Smith

Mariah is a student at Long Beach City College. She is a European futbol superfan, and FC Barcelona is her favorite team to watch. Mariah is a self-proclaimed thrill seeker who enjoys theme parks and being at the center of the dance floor at Long Beach clubs. She plays classical and electric guitar and produces music beats on her computer.
Ben Novotny

Ben Novotny

Ben Novotny is an alumnus of California State University, Long Beach where he majored in Journalism and minored in American Studies. At CSULB Ben was a staff writer for The Union Weekly, the student-run campus newspaper and was actively involved with the school's TV production studio. Ben was a Contributing Writer for The Long Beach Post and the Long Beach Business Journal and has been a Youth Reporter at VoiceWaves for four years.