Rudy Ryser, The Center for World Indigenous Studies

Rudy Ryser

On this Thanksgiving Day 2012, as I continue to digitize the SPLAB audio interview archives, I feel it fitting to present Dr. Rudy Ryser, Chair of the Center for World Indigenous Studies in Olympia, Washington. While I resonated quite deeply with the message Dr. Ryser provided, I must admit that his views on the program cost me one of the best affiliates we ever had and created a difficult time for me. Below see the original program summary and links to the interview with Dr. Ryser and remember the high price paid by indigenous people throughout this hemisphere on this traditional day of gratitude.

Indigenous Culture and What Underlies the War on Terror
Guest: Rudolph Ryser, Ph.D.
Summary: Dr. Rudy Ryser is the Co-Founder and Chair of the Center for World Indigenous Studies. From his perspective as an indigenous man, he discussed the Center, its history and mission and how the American health care system (and the ignorance of one’s own culture) is a symptom for the need to dominate that underlies root problems with the health of Americans. Also discussed (in Part 2) was the American “War on Terror” and how, from an indigenous perspective is a war on the right of indigenous peoples and their self-determination and how resistance to U.S. Government dominance continues with Native Northwest peoples.

Aired January 2004 as the half hour Focus program.

Promo 1 (:30)
Part 1 (14:41)
Part 2 (15:19)

Promo 2 (:30 )
Part 3 (15:42)
Part 4 (15:37)

About Splabman

Paul Nelson is founder of SPLAB (Seattle Poetics LAB) in Seattle, the Cascadia Poetry Festival and the August POetry POstcard Fest (PoPo). He has published a collection of essays, Organic Poetry & a serial poem re-enacting the history of Auburn, WA, A Time Before Slaughter (shortlisted for a 2010 Genius Award by The Stranger) and American Sentences, a book of 17 syllable poems drawn from the first fourteen of his 20 years of daily practice. The tenth anniversary edition of that book includes Pig War: & Other Songs of Cascadia. He’s interviewed Allen Ginsberg, Michael McClure, Wanda Coleman, Anne Waldman, Sam Hamill, Robin Blaser, Nate Mackey, Eileen Myles, George Bowering, Diane di Prima, Brenda Hillman, George Stanley, Joanne Kyger & many Cascadia poets (see: has presented his poetry and poetics in London, Brussels, Bothell, Cumberland, BC, Qinghai and Beijing, China, Lake Forest, Illinois, Ukiah, CA, and other places & writes an American Sentence every day.
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