St. Joseph’s Begins Hóčhoka Podcast Season 5

Posted on: January 19, 2024

Looking for some good winter-weather reads? Find out what Joseph Marshall III has in store for you on Joseph’s Indian School’s upcoming season of Hóčhoka podcast. The new season launches on Monday, January 22. The endeavor aims to showcase the people and ideas that make the school a leader in Native American education and to discuss issues central to Native American education today. The season runs with weekly releases through May 13. It is available on Podbean, Apple, iTunes and Spotify in audio and vlog formats.

The season begins with returning guest Dr. Damian Costello, a Catholic theologian specializing in indigenous spiritual traditions. He and host, Scott Woster, wonder together at the beauty of the winter night sky and the Lakota and Christian traditions built on star knowledge. Later in the season, Costello rejoins for three more episodes, two that explore the indigenous experience of fabled Irish favorite St. Patrick and one more about the Sundance and Easter.

During the season, Joseph Marshall III introduces three contemporary novels he will release in 2024 and discusses the wisdom of the traditional Lakota bow and arrow over three episodes. Also onboard to discuss literature, author and Oglala Lakota ledger Artist Donald Montileaux speaks about his children’s stories, and the podcast goes on-site in the school library for a lesson in illustration with St. Joe’s students.

In other episodes, Fr. Vien Nguyen, SCJ, Superior General of the Priests of the Sacred Heart in the United States, gives an unofficial “state of the union” at the halfway mark in his three-year term, visiting members of the Coalition of Residential Excellence discuss strengths of residential education and vocations expert Sr. Cathy Bertrand asks, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”

The Lakota word Hóčhoka (emphasis on the first syllable) means the center of the camp circle. The name speaks to the actual location of the recording studio at the heart of campus, the centrality of the mission of St. Joseph’s Indian School to all that it does, and the role of the podcast to be at the center of the Native American educational conversation and gather others around that conversation.

 Why tune in to a podcast from St. Joseph’s Indian School? Learn more about what the school has to offer. Listen to the wisdom of thought-leaders on Native American education today. Laugh, hope, warm your heart and sharpen your mind at the center of the school’s camp circle.