Turquoise has long been valued for its beautiful blue-green color in jewelry of many kinds, but southwestern Native American groups use the stone for other traditional uses as well. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Dan Simplicio, a tribal member from the Pueblo of Zuni, silversmith, and fetish jeweler, about how turquoise is understood and used by the Zuni people, as well as how this relationship has changed through time.
On Sunday, December 21st, the town of Bluff, Utah will hold a very unique winter solstice celebration featuring the burning of a life-size effigy of the now-extinct bison antiquus, which stood up to 12 feet tall at the hump when it roamed North American landscapes during the Pleistocene era. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Joe Pachak and J.R.
Creating places in our communities where kids and adults can go to explore their creativity is vital to encouraging expression through art. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Sarah Allen and Jaime Becktel from The Painted Turtle Studio in Mancos about how it supports and nurtures art and education there.
In the current age of instant, digital photography, some photographers are turning to older techniques that produce deeper, more complex images. In this Zine interview, KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with local photographer Brian Killigrew, who is using large format black-and-white photos to explore landscapes and abstract themes.
Eliza Gilkyson is a folk singer-songwriter who comes from a musical family and uses her music to tap into the emotional core of our shared experiences. In this episode of The Zine, a track from her latest album The Nocturne Diaries called "An American Boy", and KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Eliza about her musical pedigree, why her songs are so approachable to other musicians, and how The Nocturne Diaries was written through the nighttime hours.
Writing fiction using real-life celebrities as primary characters can be tricky, but fun. In this Zine interview, KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with local author Bethany Turner who chooses to unpack her obsession with pop culture in a series of books featuring Abigail Phelps, a fictional heroine who interacts with today's most recognizable stars.
Start with a wealthy family rooted in the Napa Valley wine country, add murder, the resulting courtroom drama, and what emerges is a novel that engages and entertains. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with a local author Chuck Greaves about his book "The Last Heir", the latest in a series about a wise-cracking Los Angeles lawyer Jack MacTaggart and his legal adventures.
Art collection in the Southwest sometimes involves relationships between families that span generations. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Judith Lavender, whose New Mexico family's art collection is closely tied to interactions with Native American families that took place over the span of the last 100 years.
Judith will be presenting a lecture titled "Heart of Collecting: 50 Years of Collecting Southwestern Native American Art" on Thursday, June 5th, at Crow Canyon Archaeological Center at 7:00pm as part of the 2014 Four Corners Lecture Series.
Norway's Highasakite features vocals from Ingrid Helene Håvik that takes the listener to unexpected places, and delivers a well-spaced, yet clear sound to their adventurous indie pop on the new album "The Silent Treatment". Check out the video for the new single "Since Last Wednesday" below, or click HERE for a review.
The Mancos Valley Chorus was formed by a few friends and neighbors interested in sharing their love of music with the community. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Kriss Larson, Music Director for the Mancos Valley Chorus, about their spring concert schedule and why singing in a choir may be good for your health.