Episode 4: Tusky Talks Tuscarora Language with Betsy Bissell


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On this episode we were fortunate enough to speak with Yerihętyá·tih about her experience as a Tuscarora Language teacher. After teaching at the Tuscarora Elementary School here on the territory for over 20 years, she continues her work with Tuscarora speaker Rayęthus Howard Hill along with other volunteers of the language program, Nęyękwawętaʔθkwahshek (We will carry on the language). In addition to developing a Tuscarora Language immersion program curriculum, Yerihętyá·tih teaches language courses Tuscarora 101 and 102 at Niagara University and offers night classes during the school year at the elementary school for adults in the community. Most of the work she does is voluntary and out of her love for continuing the language. We greatly appreciate the work of Yerihętyá·tih and all of Nęyękwawętaʔθkwahshek for their efforts in reawakening Skarurękyé·haʔ within our community!

Also stay tuned til the end of the episode to find out what TEP will have going on for Culture Night at the Tuscarora Elementary School gymnasium from 6-8pm. (Hint: It’s a game with prizes!)









Episode 3: Tusky Talks Tuscarora Corn with Luis Santiago

On this episode, Taylor and I were very lucky to have Luis stop in and share his knowledge of Tuscarora White Corn (Kanęhakę·rat) and the various traditional methods of processing Tusky corn into soup.

Luis (Deer clan) has been making corn soup since 1972 and has worked every in every single step of the corn soup process from planting… all the way to making the soup! His knowledge has been an accumulation of what he’s learned by volunteering to help others and he gives much of his credit to the teachers before him. He gives us some great insight on working with corn in various capacities which is beneficial to anyone looking to expand their knowledge of food sovereignty!

Also on this episode we have community reminders for our Household Hazardous Waste and Electronic recycling (April 14) as well as our Roadside Cleanup Day (April 21) at the Tuscarora Nation Building.

I hope you enjoy one of our most informative episodes yet!
Nyà·wę for listening!



Luis educating some High School Students at a TEP hosted event

Episode 2: Tusky Talks Lacrosse, The Barn and The Tuscarora Influence on the sport with Dorothy Chew.


In this Episode:

  • Very informative PSAs from the Tuscarora Environment Program
  • Awesome Elder Interview with Dorothy Chew
  • Honoring Our Women with Norma General at Nation House (March 23rd) (6pm-8pm)
  • Septic and Well Training at Nation House (March 24th)(9am-3pm)

I’m confident to say that most if not everyone growing up on Tuscarora has had an experience with the game of lacrosse whether it be watching family members play to playing in the backyard or playing/coaching at all levels of the sport from the Minor to Junior to Professional.

For me that experience early on was watching my Gram, Dorothy Chew, bring home a box full of unstrung lacrosse heads to string and then would sit and weave until the box was full of Game-Ready Lacrosse heads that were then brought back to the barn and shipped all over the world.

All I really remember as young kid is the smell and piles of the leathers and nylon strings that made up the traditional pockets so it was really cool to sit down and talk about the bigger picture of how weaving sticks for the Barn, traveling and how the Late Wes Patterson (Founder of Tuskewe Krafts, “The Barn”, Legendary Player and Coach) had a larger impact on the sport worldwide.




Episode 1: Tusky Talks Beadwork with Bryan Printup

Beadwork has been a mainstay in Tuscarora tradition for as long as time and we are lucky enough to work with Bryan in our office here at TEP who was happy to share his experiences as a Tuscarora beadwork artist!

Bryan is Tuscarora Beaver clan and our GIS (geographic information systems) Planning Manager who has been with the Environment Program for 18 years! He is also an avid WORLD traveler and has been creating beadwork since he was young.

He has traveled to vendor his beadwork at various events across Turtle Island and brings with him a ton of knowledge on the experience of being a Tuscarora beadworker/artist. There is so much we could talk to him about so we got a chance to sit down with him for our very first Tusky Talks podcast episode.


In this Episode:

  • We have weekly PSA’s from our sponsor (TEP)
  • Great interview with Bryan
  • Great Law Fundraiser Announcement

We hope you enjoy!

Check out the link to our Soundcloud below!


Coming January! TEP hosting Tusky Talks Podcast!


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We appreciate you taking the time to check out our project!

We are two young Tuscarora adults from the Tuscarora Nation who both share a passion for Tuscarora history and culture. The art of storytelling has been–and continues to be–a teaching tool among our people. Our goal is to bring the tradition of storytelling to the internet radio world to highlight the awesomeness that is the Tuscarora Nation so you can listen to Tuskys talk on the Tusky Talks podcast from anywhere.

Each episode we will be interviewing a different person from the community about whatever topic they would like to share! From historical events to sports accomplishments, we want to put Tusky in your ear!

If you are Tuscarora or a member of the community you can go to Contact Us or Nominate a Guest and send us a message to nominate someone for us to put on the show! Just make sure you include contact info and a brief explanation of what kind of Tuscarora knowledge/experience they can share.

Thanks for visiting our page and be sure to nominate someone from the Tuscarora community that you believe would make for a great podcast guest.