In this episode, we interview Angelo Baca and Dr. Thomas Murphy about U.S. President Donald Trump’s recent announcement that he will be shrinking the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments. President Trump visited Utah on Monday, 12/4/2017 to make this announcement. Our guests for this episode share how they believe this is a continuation of white settlers putting claim on indigenous land in order to extract valuable minerals, and attempt to put this action into a Mormon context.
Angelo Baca, Native American filmmaker, Navajo and Hopi, works on educational films, fiction and non-fiction. A graduate of Native Voices Program at the University of Washington, he has done numerous documentaries and collaborative works with other filmmakers. His first interactions with Food Sovereignty have been with Pacific Northwest Coastal tribes who introduced him to a rich variety of culturally and nutritionally amazing foods with traditional foods specialists and teachers. Recently, he taught at Brown University both Native American Literature and Native American Media/Film courses. His research interests vary from indigenous food sovereignty and Native American health and wellness to indigenous film and cinema to native youth development projects, including indigenous international repatriation.
Dr. Thomas Murphy Murphy teaches in the Department of Anthropology at Edmonds Community College in Washington state. He earned his Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Washington in 2003. He is a returning guest to Mormon Stories Podcast.