Episode 6 – Interview with Blessing Bird, a.k.a. The Reverend Amy Paul

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Recorded at:

The Maryland Regional Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention
Balticon 39: May 27 – 30, 2005

with Paul Fischer
Balticon 39 Interview with Blessing Bird, a.k.a. The Reverend Amy Paul
From May 28, 2005

We discuss the origin and evolution of her Native American names.

Blessing Bird is part Native American and part European.

She balances the different parts of her heritage by participating in Native American ceremonies and by being a non-denomincational minister. She is versed in many cultures and religions so she can minister to those in need.

We talk on real religious tolerance.


Recently, it’s been “cool” to be Native American. She helps some people research their Native American heritage so they can get scholarships. Education helps get people off the reservation.

The BIA. The Native American database. The Dept. of the Interior being banned from Internet access for lack of security. The BIA can arbitrarilly stop tribes from doing things to get themselves out of poverty.

Indian casinos are generating as much money for the average person, while many others are making substantially more.

Bill Mayhew enters the room.

We discuss Native American tribe names as we know them.

This week we add a new feature to the Balticon Podcast: MUSIC!


This’s week’s track is provided by Tempest. Permission to use this track was provided by Dan Hanley at Magna Carta Records. I’m a real Tempest freak. I love their music and go out to all their shows when they’re in the Washington/Baltimore metro area. They put on one hell of a show live. Albums by Tempest are available at Amazon.com and many other places.

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