Mary Swander's Buggy Land

Host Mary Swander provides background on the research and production of her new play Squatters on Red Earth, a peaceful encounter in the middle of the white settler land grab. Swander details her interactions with both the people of the Amana Colonies and the Meskwaki Settlement. These two groups, wanting nothing more than to remain hidden from the outside world, had a positive experience together in the early settlement days-all the while genocide whirled around them. Laura Hudson Kittrell sings Manifest Destiny. Rip Russell gives a short excerpt from the play. Brant Bollman, the director, speaks about the puppetry in the performance.

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Today's episode was produced and mixed by Rick Brewer of Brewhaha Audio Productions.

What is Mary Swander's Buggy Land?

Mary Swander's Buggy Land, hosted by Mary Swander, explores life among the Amish and the arts and agriculture in the wider rural community.