Eddie Benton on FIRST PERSON RADIO 11/22/17

Join Laura Waterman Wittstock on Wednesday November 22, 2017, for a great listen to a previously recorded interview with Eddie Benton Banai, founder of Red School House, educator, and spiritual leader. I talked to Eddie at Lac Courte Oreilles in Wisconsin in 2012.
Eddie Benton Banai is a fullblood Ojibwe and a member of the Midewiwin Lodge. He grew up in what was once an Ojibwe village along the shores of Round Lake just outside of Hayward, Wisconsin. Eddie says, “I was never without the sound of the drum, without the sound of music, since before my birth I began to hear the drum, even as I was in my mother’s womb.” Eddie has lived many lives in this single one. 

He was born in a lodge, or wigwam, lived in a village that knew little about material goods but was never hungry. In his youth he was active in the American Indian Movement (AIM) and was present during the occupation of Wounded Knee village in 1973. He also has a degree in education and a master's degree in business. Eddie is both an educated, modern man and a traditional Ojibwe man. Besides his many activities, he also writes prose and poetry.


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