Native Wisdom: Inspiring Empowerment and Self-Esteem in Youth w/ Alfreda Algeo

Do you want to empower Native youth through increased representation of Native literature? If so, I have the solution for you. As an expert in Native representation in media and literature, I can share with you the importance of including Native voices and perspectives in educational materials. By doing so, we can provide Native youth with positive role models and a sense of cultural identity, ultimately empowering them to succeed. Let's work together to ensure that Native youth see themselves reflected in the media and literature they consume. Together, we can achieve greater cultural representation and empowerment for Native communities.

In this episode, you will be able to:

  • Discover the significance of Native representation in various forms of media and literature.
  • Learn about Alfreda's inspiring journey as an author and illustrator of culturally-rich children's books.
  • Uncover how storytelling can empower Native American youth and foster self-esteem.
  • Explore the reasons behind banning Native American stories and the necessity of teaching darker historical events.
  • Envision building a unique bookshop devoted to showcasing Native American authors and artists.

Introducing Alfreda Algeo, an enrolled citizen of the OSTET Sakawin Cool Wicasa Band from Lower Brule, South Dakota. A true artist at heart, Alfreda excels in writing and illustrating children's picture books and teen novels. Her passion lies in using her rich cultural background and oral traditions to inspire and educate young minds. As a staunch advocate for Native representation in media and literature, Alfreda aspires to create a world where Native American youth feel empowered and included in the stories they read and see.

The key moments in this episode are:
00:00:00 - Introduction,

00:02:42 - Background and Inspiration,

00:06:42 - The Day the Earth Rose Up,

00:09:33 - Father Eagle and Other Stories,

00:14:10 - Banning of Books,

00:18:58 - Native Representation in Film and Media,

00:22:05 - Childhood Influences,

00:26:22 - Overcoming Challenges as a Native American,

00:28:15 - Inspiring Native Youth,

00:29:37 - Conclusion

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