Amid a renaissance of Indigenous people in creative and political fields across Turtle Island, it’s been especially exciting to see so many of them picking up the microphone to broadcast their own stories in podcast form. With the potential to reach large audiences, podcasts are an incredibly accessible 21st-century version of the oral storytelling that has been and continues to be the backbone of Indigenous societies.
As a Mohawk woman in an urban setting, hearing their voices through my earbuds makes me feel like I am back in my community with friends and relatives, telling stories just as we’ve done for generations.
From untold histories of Canada to true crime to dissections of sci-fi films, these stories are being conveyed by voices that aren’t generally given a very large platform. “In more traditional mediums you had to rely on a newsroom — which still has huge issues with inclusivity and diversity,” CBC journalist Connie Walker says. “But with social and digital media, there’s so many more opportunities to amplify diverse voices — Indigenous in particular.” While Indigenous men are doing great work in the medium — Ryan McMahon’s recent Thunder Bay series for Canadaland and Rick Harp’s weekly Indigenous current affairs Media Indigena, for instance — many of the standout podcasts are produced and hosted by Indigenous women, including some recently discovered U.S. podcasts.
Here are few you should be listening to:
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