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Listening to Indigenous Voices: Podcast Episodes for the Whole Family

From folktales to environmental justice, these episodes help kids learn about Indigenous cultures and experiences.

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To get a full picture of the past and present-day world, kids need to understand the experiences and contributions of Indigenous communities. Podcasts are a great way to hear stories from Native Americans and Indigenous peoples in their own voices.

In addition to our recommendations of podcasts by Indigenous creators, this special list of episodes celebrates the diversity of Indigenous experiences, cultures, and traditions. Find fun and informative listens for kids of all ages.

Little Kids

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Stories Podcast: A Bedtime Show for Kids of All Ages (5+): Classic tales and original stories with moral lessons.

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Busy Kids Love Music (5+): Worldly music education for kids, fun for all ages. The website includes a recommended playlist and additional learning resources for each episode.

  • "Powwow Music": An informative episode about the role of music in modern Native American powwows.

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The Children's Hour (6+): A radio variety show based out of New Mexico that's educational, musical, and inclusive.

  • "Celebrating Indigenous People": The music and art of Indigenous cultures from around the world are featured, along with learning resources on the episode page.

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Who, When, Wow! (7+): Not your average history show. This fun and engaging podcast highlights diverse heroes of history.

Big Kids

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Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls (7+): Based on the well-known book series, this podcast offers inspiring tales of diverse women who've persevered and who have and still are changing the world for the better.

  • "Rigoberta Menchú Read by Rebeca Lane": Hear the story of the Maya human rights activist from Guatemala who was the first Indigenous person, and ninth woman, to win the Nobel Peace Prize.

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What Will She Do Next? (7+): Dynamic musicals of notable women in history for kids.

  • "Maria Tallchief": The inspiring story of the first Native American prima ballerina is retold in this musical about her life and the challenges she overcame.

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Cultureverse (8+): Modern takes on diverse cultural folktales.

  • "Gitli": A story based on the Cherokee myth called "The Deluge."

Pre-Teens and Teens

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Sarah Jones Breaks it Down (10+): A diverse news podcast for kids that highlights important current events, lesser-covered stories, and media literacy.

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1 Point 5 (11+): A youth-led podcast that showcases hopeful conversation on climate justice.

  • "How Is Indigenous Sovereignty Related to Air Quality?": Indigenous activist Jaike Spotted Wolf explains how Indigenous sovereignty is connected to fossil fuel pipelines, and why sovereignty is a necessary climate justice solution. The episode website provides educational resources.

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This Day in History Class (11+): Bite-size daily history that older kids and adults will eat up.

  • "Wilma Mankiller": An introduction to the Native American activist, social worker, community developer, and the first woman elected to serve as principal chief of the Cherokee Nation.

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Stuff You Missed in History Class (14+): A history podcast centering marginalized and unknown stories.

Laura Ordoñez

As Common Sense's sr. editor, head of podcast and YouTube reviews, Laura spearheads all of our podcast and YouTube coverage and curation. Before joining Common Sense, Laura spent 10 years as a communications specialist in the health and wellness space and then followed her passion for writing and storytelling into the world of journalism. She fell in love with investigative reporting and sports writing while getting her bachelor's in journalism from San Francisco State University and went on to cover the Golden State Warriors as a reporter and editor, earning several awards for her coverage, including the 2017 Oakland A’s Bill King Scholarship and Associated Press Sports Editors Award. More recently, Laura was a podcast host and producer for a Bay Area startup, working to create a platform to help parents gain knowledge and confidence in raising their children. As a social justice warrior and mental health advocate, she spearheaded DEI efforts to create more diverse content relatable to a broader audience. She's currently working on launching her own podcast focused on helping intersectional feminists support their mental, emotional, and physical health while standing in their power. She also enjoys Muay Thai, cuddling with her dog, trying to get her teenage son to think she's "not a regular mom" but a "cool mom," and meditating over tarot cards while dissecting her horoscope. Follow her on Twitter.