Pictures And Lessons From The Shakopee Sioux Pow Wow

This past weekend, thousands gathered for the annual Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Wacipi (or Pow Wow). Different than other pow wows I’ve attended, this one brought together multiple tribes–from all over the US and Canada. I hadn’t ever witnessed or experienced the full, unique power and beauty of these cultures.   Then came Saturday night… *** Something I’ve…
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Conversation With A Portland Pot User

Okay, here we go: My first interview from the Pacific Northwest. This summer I traveled this region to talk to people about their lives, about life in this part of the country, and about their outlooks on the world. My first conversation with a Pacific Northwesterner occurred just outside a marijuana store in Portland. It’s just like a liquor…
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It Begins… Video #1 Of Voices Of The Pacific Northwest

Today I release the introduction to my series of conversations from the Pacific Northwest. I’ll start posting these videos to my YouTube channel this weekend. For now, enjoy this trailer:

Why I Made My Video About The Confederate Flag

One thing I learned traveling the South and interviewing Southerners about the Confederate flag, is that they have a deep respect for their region, their history, their culture. Thus, they feel a duty to acknowledge the thousands who fought and died gruesomely for this cause, for something bigger than themselves. Leaders on both sides of…
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The Periphery On The Issues: The Confederate Flag *Video Feature*

It’s a topic as American as apple pie–or anti-American, perhaps. With two sides firmly in place, the controversy over the use and meaning of the Confederate flag is as relevant today as it’s ever been. So during my journey through the South last summer, I figured it was time to address the elephant in the room–an…
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Voices Of The Pacific Northwest: SEATTLE

It’s a place whose name elicits an image and feel — but what are they exactly? Seattle is a tough city to summarize. The ocean, tech companies, coffee, hipsters, the the homeless: there’s an energy here all its own. The following sites and Seattleites composed my first exposure to this American metropolis–burgeoning with slices of Americana. *** SEATTLE First…
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Voices Of The Pacific Northwest: Elk, Sand Dunes, And Agri-Culture

The night camping at the marijuana farm was just the beginning of my exposure to Oregon agriculture.  On July 7, I awoke before all the pot farmers did and crawled out of my tent. I guess their sleep schedule differs from the farmers I’m used to. By the end of this day, I’d meet more…
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People Of The Pacific Northwest: A MARIJUANA STORE And FARM

That which is taboo (and even illegal) in one place can be ordinary in another. This can cause us to pause—especially when such a contrast is apparent within two places in the same country. In the case of what I saw in Oregon, it can cause us to question the merit of law and policy…
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People Of The Pacific Northwest: PORTLAND

I had arrived. After two full days of driving, sightseeing, and people-meeting, I parked at my buddy Jay’s house in eastern Portland the night of July 3. He and his wife and daughter opened their home to me in this quiet, residential neighborhood–the perfect jumping-off point from which to explore the eccentricity of this city.…
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People Of The Pacific Northwest 1: People & Places From Bemidji To Portland

Two full days of driving preceded my arrival to the Pacific Northwest, the region whose lives I am exploring this summer. But though these days were mostly in the car, I captured amazing scenes and enjoyed several interactions with the people along the way. Today I combine these encounters and captures from the Upper Midwest to the…
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