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Frog Lake Massacre, Part 1

| October 29, 2009


Artist: David Jeffrey Buchanan
Title: KostashEP1
Length: 0:31:20 minutes (7.18 MB)
Format: 11.025kHz, 32Kbps

Show Notes:

On April 2, 1885 Alberta Cree led by Wandering Spirit rose up against unfair Canadian treaties and dwindling buffalo. Cree attacked settlers in the village of Frog Lake in Northern Alberta killing many of the settlers and resulting in their own death by hanging after being convicted by the Canadian government. Alberta Author Myrna Kostash's new book The Frog Lake Reader explores the diaries, memoirs, and interviews with historians to provide a perspective on an event largely obscured by Riel's rebellion that same year. 

Edmonton radio producer David Jeffrey Buchanan spent an hour speaking with Kostash about her writing and the process of finding the full story of the Massacre at Frog Lake. Buchanan is the producer of The Sound of My Own Voice an hour long exploration of local arts and culture in Edmonton.