This week on From the Vault we offer up an hour of storytelling from the oldest surviving recording in all of public broadcasting, Indian Tales, which dates back to 1949 – the year Pacifica flagship station KPFA introduced listener sponsored non-commercial media to Berkeley, California and the world. Written by renowned linguist and self-described “amateur anthropologist” Jaime de Angulo, Indian Tales is a collection of Native American stories recorded to audio tape before the first printed publication in 1953. The entire series spans 22 hours long and was originally offered to Pacifica listeners in serial form each week on KPFA. Our selection today is the story of Bear family visiting Old Man Coyote.
From the Vault is presented as part of the Pacifica Radio Archives Preservation and Access Project, funded in part by an award from the GRAMMY Foundation and the National Historical Publications and Records Commission at the National Archives and Records Administration, and past grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ford Foundation, and the American Archive funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, along with the generous support of Pacifica Radio Listeners. We also thank our partners and collaborators at the Pop-Up Archive, Amara, Other Minds Archives, George Blood Audio, and the California Audio Visual Preservation Project.
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