Category: Society & Culture

Join hosts shalan joudry and Frank Meuse for conversations about contemporary Mi’kmaw life and the things that sustain us, like the land, friends, and stories. Produced by shalan joudry.

June 30, 2021

Voices of Friendship

Inspired by Elder Opolahsomuwehs, many of my friends came together digitally to sing a few rounds of a Friendship Song. Sharing our voices and our hearts. Wela'lioq to all of the contributors: Hannah Martin, Ashley Moffat, Ursula Johnson, Atsuko Tomita Poirier, Daniel Poirier, Tamami Poirier, Bliss Rae, Soul Rae, Bleu Rae, Cedar Meuse-Waterman, Rose Meuse, Theresa Meuse, Chris O’Neill, Christina Chui, Erin Welch, Heather Castleden, David Huebert, Natasha Bastien, Rose Huebert, Janet Larkman, Laura Hunter, Marilyn Ouellette, Megan Crowley, Nanci Lee, Sam Sternberg, Mel Mills, Susanne Chui, Sylvia Moore, Tamim Arabi, Yuki Inoue, and the Ross Creek Centre for the Arts’ youth leaders of 2020: Eamonn Schwartz, Hannah Gold-Apel, Andrew (Andy) Waite, Avery Crowe, Jacob Hazelwood, Max (Alfie) Gros, Maya Vaz-Gibson, Ruby Gill, Samara Whitelaw, Marah LaForge, Max Miller, Claire Embanks, Jonah McKay, Zach MacDonald, Juliana Sepe, Kay Murgatroyd, Roza Zalot, Felix Belanger, Cassie Taylor, and Bella Steeves. Thanks to audio editor Nathan Waterman and to Arts NS for the project support.

January 24, 2021

A friendship song shared by Elder Opolahsomuwehs

We're grateful to Wolastoq Elder Opolahsomuwehs to have shared this teaching and song with us. I hope more people will sing with us.

January 5, 2021

Guest Savvy Simon

In this episode, mompreneur and motivational speaker, Savvy Simon talks with shalan about the Red Road, free public hugs, self care and more. Spreading good vibes! The song mixed in is "No Native Person is Ugly" by Talon the Rez Kid Wonder (feat. Lil B)

October 14, 2020

Km+tkinu (Homeland)

An original poem by shalan joudry, re-voiced as 13 languages interwoven together to tell this story. The poem’s meditations on grief, truth-seeking, and communal healing are echoed in the landscape’s own healing. The poem was translated into other languages so that there are a total of thirteen - to fit on the back of a turtle.

Translators and voices include: Tamim Arabi (Arabic), Christina Sai Yin Chui (Cantonese),  paulo da costa (Portuguese), Gurinder Dhillon (Punjabi), Andor Gjesdal (Norwegian - vocals), Leah Horwood (Norwegian - translation), Yuki Inoue (Japanese - translation), shalan joudry (original poem and vocals), Sabina Kasheke (Swahili), Irene Kasianov (Russian), Lodaidh MacFhionghain (Gaelic), André Muise (Acadian French), Opolahsomuwehs (Wolastoqey), Arlene Stevens (Mi’kmaw - translation and vocals), Barbara Sylliboy (Mi’kmaw - translation), and Atsuko Tomita (Japanese - translation and vocals).

(The thirteen written versions will be compiled into a forthcoming book published by Running the Goat Books and Broadsides.)
March 31, 2019

Intertales #7 (Nathan Waterman’s “Keys”)

In this intertales episode Frank's brother-in-law, Nathan, tells us about his house key. And shh, don't tell Rose about this silly mistake.

March 19, 2019

Basketry

We welcome back spring this week with a walk in the forest to collect a good "Basket Tree" and follow Frank into his workshop to find out about basketry.

February 2, 2019

Intertales #6 (Frank’s “Day with a Granddaughter”)

During a live storytelling event in the village of Bear River, Frank tells us about his day with one of his granddaughters. (Special thank you to Fernwood Publishing, ArtsNS, and Sissiboo Coffee Roasters.)

January 27, 2019

Guest Roger Lewis/ History of Mi’kma’ki

We spend time with archaeologist Roger Lewis in the museum in Halifax talking about our ancestors' long history here in this landscape we call Mi'kma'ki.

January 19, 2019

Intertales #5 (Brett Hannam’s “Rabbit Stew”)

During a live storytelling event in the village of Bear River, Brett Hannam tells us how not to make rabbit stew. (Special thank you to Fernwood Publishing, ArtsNS, and Sissiboo Coffee Roasters.)

January 13, 2019

The Hunt

Frank takes shalan on "a great hunt" through the early winter landscape. They discuss the forest, medicines, and steep tea back home. (And no animals were actually harmed in this recording.)