Q&A with Guest Adam Waterbear DePaul of the Lenape Nation
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In this Q&A episode of Season 2 of the Demystifying Diversity Podcast, hosts Daralyse Lyons and Zack James are joined by guest expert and registered member of the Lenape Nation, Adam Waterbear DePaul as the three of them explore Indigenous identity and resilience.

Daralyse, Zack, and Adam revisit some of the key points from the first two episodes of Season 2 of the Demystifying Diversity Podcast, then respond to listener questions.

In this episode, you will learn about:

  • The importance of Indigenous lands, and the role they play in forming part of an Indigenous group's shared identity.

  • The impact and role that racist mascots have, and the ethical questions posed when certain uses of tribal names are allowed to endure.

  • The Seven Generations Principle, and how the relationship between Indigenous peoples and the land engender a communal responsibility in taking care of the environment.

  • The broader implications of environmental racism, and how we as consumers can circumnavigate supporting racist agricultural practices.

  • What it actually means to be Indigenous - not only as part of a tribe but as an individual.

  • The continuing impact of Covid-19 within Indigenous communities, and its far-reaching implications in silencing Indigenous voices.

  • How to be an ally and an accomplice, and the role YOU can play in amplifying Indigenous voices.

The resources referenced in this episode include:

Website for the Lenape Nation of Pennsylvania to get involved, donate, or attend an event hosted by the Lenape Tribe.

To get in contact with Adam Waterbear DePaul, this episode's guest expert, email him at: adam.depaul@temple.edu

Our guests in this episode include:

Adam Water Bear DePaul: Adam is a tribal council member of the Lenape Nation of Pennsylvania, where he also holds the position of story keeper and coordinator of the Rising Nation River Journey. Adam, co-curates the Lenape Cultural Center in Easton, Pennsylvania and to the exhibit, Existing Artistry, Enduring Presence: the Lenape Nation of Pennsylvania at Temple University. He is a PhD candidate and instructor at Temple with a primary research area in Cultural and Mythological Studies. And he's also the co-founder and President of Native American and Indigenous Studies at Temple as well.

Click here for the episode transcript.

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