In this repeat edition of "First Voices Radio, Host Tiokasin Ghosthorse catches up with Ross Hamilton. Ross is the author of several books on Native American pre-history, including:"The Mystery of the Serpent Mound," "A Tradition of Giants" and "Star Mounds: Legacy of a Native American Mystery." His research specialty is the lost and forgotten history of North America and the ancient legends that seem to revolve around a profoundly mysterious country that once dominated the landscape known from oral tradition as Turtle Island.
In the second half of the show, Tiokasin talks with Dr. Paulette Steeves (Cree-Metis). Paulette was born in Whitehorse Yukon Territories and grew up in Lillooet, British Columbia, Canada. She is an Indigenous archaeologist with a focus on the Pleistocene history of the Western Hemisphere. In her research Paulette argues that Indigenous peoples were present in the Western Hemisphere as early as 60,000 years ago and possibly much earlier. She has created a data base of hundreds of archaeology sites in both North and South America that date from 250,000 to 12,000 years before present, which challenges the Clovis First dogma of a post 12,000 year before present initial migration. Paulette's dissertation, "Decolonizing Indigenous Histories: Pleistocene Archaeology Sites of the Western Hemisphere," is the first dissertation framed in Indigenous Method and Theory in Anthropology within the United States. In 2011 and 2012 she worked with the Denver Museum of Nature and Science to carry out studies in the Great Plains on mammoth sites which contained evidence of human technology on the mammoth bone, thus showing that human were present in Nebraska over 18,000 years ago. She is currently an Assistant Professor in History and a nominee for a Canada Research Chair in Healing and Reconciliation at Algoma University in Ontario.