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First Name Basis Podcast

Dec 4, 2019

In this episode we interview Ryan Kamper. Ryan is from the Diné (Navajo) Nation. He is of the Folded arms people born for the Anglo-Saxon people, his maternal grandfather is of the Blackstreaked woods people and his paternal grandfather is Anglo-Saxon. Ryan grew up on the reservation and moved to the city when he was 12 years old. He received an Associates of arts from Paradise Valley community college and working towards a bachelor in Technology management. Ryan is currently a Senior Business Systems Analyst working in Higher Education at Maricopa Community Colleges. His current career goals are to finish his bachelor's degree and work toward becoming a software developer his personal goals are to continue preserving family history, culture and traditions of his tribe. In this episode we discuss:

  • Teaching your children about Thanksgiving
  • Ryan’s personal experience with stereotypes and oppression 
  • Cultural appropriation during Halloween and Thanksgiving 
  • How to get involved with the Native American community 
  • Native American cultural values of family, respect for the environment, and the legacy we want to leave on this earth

Song Credit: “Away” by Geographer and “Beach Disco” by Dougie Wood