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Native Braids: Diabetes diagnosis leads to becoming a runner, and a spiritual experience running a race on Hopi land

Native Braids: Gordon Hammond
Jeremy Wade Shockley
Gordon Hammond, running at a Vigil Memorial race in Ignacio, 2018.

Hear this story and others on the Native Braids website.

When Gordon Hammond found out he was diabetic, he decided to take up running. He spoke with his niece, Amie Hammond, about training in the canyons near Towaoc, Colorado, and the spiritual experience he had running a race on the Hopi reservation.

Gordon Hammond is a member of the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe.

Native Braids is a co-production of KSUT Tribal Radio and independent producer Adam Burke.

When to listen on KSUT:
Native Braids episodes can be heard on both Tribal Radio and Four Corners Public Radio at approximately the following times (actual time may vary slightly due to story length):
Mondays and Wednesdays: at approx 7:50 AM during Morning Edition
Tuesdays and Thursdays: at approx 5:50 PM during All Things Considered

Read more about Native Braids for Native American Heritage Month.

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