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The Parent Scoop - bringing research and knowledge to parents, from parents.

Hosted by Ameena Ghaffar-Kucher, Ed.D., education professor and mom of two. 

The Parent Scoop is produced by Marko Kucher (Ameena's husband and partner). The podcast's theme music - Jazz Baba - features their teenage son, Josef Kucher, on guitar. The artwork for the podcast was created by their daughter, Laila Kucher, in collaboration with her dad.

Apr 15, 2021

There are over 6.7 million Native Americans still living in the United States today and yet, the people that have lived on these lands the longest are the people we know the least about. In this week’s episode, we explore the contemporary history of native communities through children’s literature. 

Our parent guest this week is Traci Sorell, a mom of one and an enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation who writes poetry, fiction and nonfiction for children. In this episode, Traci talks about her books as a way for people to learn more about native people in the past and present.

***Episode Notes***

  • Gaps in the history curriculum post 1870
  • Representation, research, and own voices
  • Importance of land acknowledgements
  • Respect versus appropriation 
  • Cherokee values and hidden figures
  • On Balance: Gratitude for the blessings and the struggles

Follow Traci on twitter and instagram @TraciSorell

Photo credit: Kelly Downs Photography