Louise Erdrich and Michael Dorris on the Real Columbus

November 14, 1988

The story of what happened to Native Americans after the arrival of Christopher Columbus is filled with oppression and betrayal, but it’s also a story of survival, reverence for the land, kinship, and community. In this episode, married writers Louise Erdrich and Michael Dorris — both half-Native American — talk with Bill about their shared heritage, how it influences their art and lives, and their collaboration to tell the true story of Christopher Columbus.

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