Ed Edmo can be a funny guy, which takes a lot of courage when faced with challenges experienced by Native people in their daily lives. Humor is a means for challenging the harshness of traumatic events. American Indians are well-known for their humor; it’s sort of a means for survival.
Being enrolled Shoshone Bannock and affiliated with the Nez Perce and Yakama tribes, Ed understands that knowing history helped him in challenging others who tried to reshape the authenticity of that history. He stood up to others in his quest to reveal the truth. Through his stories, Ed reminisces about the wrongs that challenged his life. He witnessed others being wronged, oftentimes standing up to the perpetrators.
Always willing to give it a try, Joe’s can-do attitude got him through many treacherous parts of his life. While he sometimes stumbled along the way, he has always been guided by “the truth.” He reveals that truth, sometimes subtly, through his stories on life.
“Talk about Indian Time – Indian Time is really being on time. You have to know when the berries are ripe to pick, if not the bears will get them. You have to know when the deer and the game migrate. You have to know when the salmon runs. So Indian time is really (about being) on time.”