Host Garrison Keillor answers your questions about life, love, writing, authors, and of course, A Prairie Home Companion.
Send GK Your Question »
Ojibwe in Lake Wobegon?
May 13, 2008 |
Why have there been no reference to the Ojibwe people who lived, and always have, in the land where Lake Wobegon is set—mythically as well as geophysically? And why are no native voices captured in the multifarious cast of characters in Lake Wobegon? We have many excellent native musical groups too, some from Minnesota and nearby Wisconsin who have won NAMIES, who would make good listening for the folks across the country who enjoy the show.
Mi-iew Miigwech—many thanks—
Carol Lee S.
The short answer is: the show is entertainment and native music is religious, the show is comedy and white people cannot do comedy about native people. We've had a few native musical groups on and they did not seem comfortable about performing as part of a variety show and the time constraints were rather brutal. The place to hear native music in all its glory is at a powwow which operates on a whole other sense of time. For better or worse, the show reflects the taste of the founder and that is far from all-inclusive.