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Ep 08 - PRESENT meets PAST at Burning Man


Every year — in normal years — thousands of people trek to Black Rock Desert in Nevada for Burning Man. But, most don’t know about the history of the land or the people who were its original inhabitants. In this episode of THE INTERSECTION at Burning Man, we learn more about the history of the Pyramid Lake Paiutes and the relationship between the event and the tribe.

"They tried to destroy us, annihilate us, waging wars of genocide against us. We're still here." - Dean Barlese of the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe’s Cultural Committee

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THE INTERSECTION looks at changing cities through physical intersections. This time we’re doing something different: The city is temporary and the intersections are conceptual. We’re going to a remote corner of Nevada for Burning Man. 

This episode is a co-production of KALW and KPFA. It was edited by David Boyer and engineered by Gabe Grabin with theme music from Erik Pearson. Additional reporting from Jonathan Davis. Special thanks to the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe Museum and Visitors Center. You can support the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe through Comfort & Joy's fundraising campaign on Facebook.

“Kaiva waito saugaymian” and “Weather Song” from the album Circle Dance Songs of the Paiute and Shoshone (CR-6283) by Judy Trejo. Courtesy Canyon Records, License 2019-092. All rights reserved."Sweet Betsy From Pike" as performed by Zelmer Ward and Vester Whitworth at Arvin FSA Camp, August 1, 1940. Charles L. Todd and Robert Sonkin Migrant Workers Collection, America Folklore Collection. Library of Congress. http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.afc/afcts.4099a2

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