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A weekly roundtable about Indigenous issues and events in Canada and beyond. Hosted by Rick Harp.

MEDIA INDIGENA : Indigenous current affairs Rick Harp

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A weekly roundtable about Indigenous issues and events in Canada and beyond. Hosted by Rick Harp.

    Close Encounters of the Colonial Kind: Part 2

    Close Encounters of the Colonial Kind: Part 2

    This week: our return to the realm of IZ, the personification of critical Indigenous studies as imagined by MEDIA INDIGENA regular Kim TallBear (University of Alberta professor of Native Studies), a character she embodied in her keynote at “Of the Land and Water: Indigenous Sexualities, Genders and Ways of Being,” hosted earlier this year in Whitehorse by the Dechinta Centre for Research and Learning.
    And in this back half of the adventures of IZ (missed the first half? catch it here), we hear her thoughts about a pair of close encounters: the first, “IZ Speaks Back,” a virtual date with a tiny troop of technophiles hoping to hear some extraterrestrial intel ; the other, “IZ Confesses,” a slick if surreal soirée celebrating racial diversity in science.
    Making space once again for Kim’s other worldly explorations, host/producer Rick Harp along with audio producer and MI editor, Cassidy Villebrun-Buracas.
    CREDITS: ♬ ‘Futuristic Sci-fi Arpeggio,’ ‘Nebula Soundscape’ and ‘Space Journey Through Nebulae and Galaxy’ by UNIVERSFIELD (CC BY-SA 4.0); ‘Shit September’ by Gagmesharkoff (CC BY 4.0); ‘Your Choice’ by Audio Hero via ZapSplat.com; ‘at the whale game’ by Jean Toba (CC BY-SA 4.0); our program intro/xtro theme is 'nesting' by birocratic.

    • 1 hr 18 min
    From perogies to pemmican: what can two men switched at birth tell us about Indigenous belonging?

    From perogies to pemmican: what can two men switched at birth tell us about Indigenous belonging?

    In this back half of our longer-than-expected mini INDIGENA, host/producer Rick Harp picks up where he left off (drinking deeply of coffee, commodity fetishism and character actor Wallace Shawn) with Kim TallBear (University of Alberta professor in the Faculty of Native Studies and Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Peoples, Technoscience and Society) and Candis Callison (UBC Associate Professor in the Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies and the School for Public Policy and Global Affairs), as they discuss:
    Two men swapped at birth—one Indigenous, one not—receive apology from province a Dutch designer's appropriation of a Navajo word as her company's name sparks fashion flap a B.C. politico decries advisory on provincial website noting that many Indigenous peoples "may not identify with" the term 'British Columbians'

    CREDITS: ♬ 'All Your Faustian Bargains' and 'Love Is Chemical' by Steve Combs (CC BY 4.0). Edited by Cassidy Villebrun-Buracas and Rick Harp.

    • 30 min
    Spilling the beans on Indigenous involvement in the coffee trade

    Spilling the beans on Indigenous involvement in the coffee trade

    For our latest mini INDIGENA (the sweet + sour version of MEDIA INDIGENA), we yank on the global supply chain linking locals in Campbell River, B.C. to the opening of what’s only the second “Indigenous-operated, licensed Starbucks store” in Canada. And just like last time—when our MINI went long on what we meant to be just our opening topic—our content cup once again runneth over, as we eat up an entire episode exploring the ethics of commodity-based commerce as carried out by Indigenous participants at each end of the colossal coffee trade.
    Joining fairly-caffeinated host/producer Rick Harp the afternoon of Wednesday, April 3rd were coffee companions Kim TallBear (University of Alberta professor in the Faculty of Native Studies and Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Peoples, Technoscience and Society) and Candis Callison (UBC Associate Professor in the Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies and the School for Public Policy and Global Affairs).
    CREDITS: 𝅘𝅥𝅯 'All Your Faustian Bargains' and 'Love Is Chemical' by Steve Combs (CC BY 4.0); 'Dust and Conclusions' by BIIANSU (via ZapSplat.com)

    • 30 min
    A Plethora of Pretendianism: Pt 2

    A Plethora of Pretendianism: Pt 2

    This week: building upon last episode's commanding talk by MI's own Kim TallBear, in which she highlighted the insatiable settler drive to consume all things Indigenous—including so-called ‘identity’ claims staked by individuals—host/producer Rick Harp discusses her insights with fellow roundtable regulars Ken Williams (associate professor with the University of Alberta’s department of drama) and Brock Pitawanakwat (associate professor of Indigenous Studies at York University), a conversation peppered with a rundown of just the latest litany of colonial cosplayers making headlines.
    CREDITS: 'An Autumn' by BIIANSU (via Zapsplat.com); our intro/extro theme is 'nesting' by birocratic. Edited by Cassidy Villebrun-Buracas and Rick Harp.

    • 43 min
    A Plethora of Pretendianism: Pt. 1

    A Plethora of Pretendianism: Pt. 1

    On this week’s program: a plethora of pretendianism! So much, in fact, it’s going to take two whole episodes to fit it all in. And here in part one, we take our deepest dive yet into the ultimate underpinnings of pretendianism—the political imperatives of whiteness.  Driving the insatiable settler urge to possess every last thing, fueling the desire to assume and consume imagined Indigenous 'identities.' Indeed, such self-serving self-Indigenization is very much a byproduct of the colonial imagination, a contorted construct which privileges the individual over the collective, the racial over the relational, and possession over peoplehood. 
    So says podcast regular Kim TallBear, who, by the end of this episode, so thoroughly unpacks the problematic formulation and foundation of so-called Indigenous "identity"—a hyper-individualized right to resources invoked in isolation from those it performatively pantomimes—you may never want to use the term again. A talk she delivered last month in Ottawa, it took place at a two-day symposium convened by the Wabano Centre—an Indigenous Centre for Excellence in Health Service based in the national capital region. One of four core presenters at the event, Kim shared the stage with Drew Hayden Taylor, Brenda Macdougall and Pam Palmater, with MI's Rick Harp as emcee/moderator for the event.
    CREDITS: 'One more day in orbit' by Aldous Ichnite (CC BY); 'Horror background atmosphere for horror and mystical' by Universfield (CC BY); 'Goshen's Lonely' by Gagmesharkoff (CC BY). Our intro/xtro theme is 'nesting' by birocratic.

    • 56 min
    Close Encounters of the Colonial Kind: Pt. 1

    Close Encounters of the Colonial Kind: Pt. 1

    This week: 'Close Encounters of the Colonial Kind,' the title of a talk given by our very own Kim TallBear (University of Alberta professor of Native Studies) at “Of the Land and Water: Indigenous Sexualities, Genders and Ways of Being,” hosted earlier this year in Whitehorse, YK by the Dechinta Centre for Research and Learning.
    Although rooted in her by-now familiar terrains of sexuality and science, Kim’s monologue was a bit of a departure from what we’re used to here on the podcast: delivered in the fictionalized voice of ‘IZ,’ she’s the personification of an Indigenous-driven movement of ‘unapologetic intellectual promiscuity,’ or what IZ herself calls “critical polydisciplinamorous engagement.” 
    An adaptation of her 2023 Substack post / 2021 essay by the same name, Kim’s keynote so aroused our curiosity we had to have her flesh out the body of thought behind it. In the first of this two-part discussion, she walks MI host/producer Rick Harp and MI audio editor Cassidy Villebrun-Buracas through ‘IZ Speaks Back’ and ‘IZ Confesses,’ which together make up the first half of her talk.
    CREDITS: ♬ 'A Moment' by Mr Smith (CC BY 4.0); 'Cryin' in my Beer' by Jason Shaw (CC BY 4.0); 'As Time Passes' (via ZapSplat.com); a sample of 'Staying’s Worse Than Leaving' by Sunny Sweeney; our program intro/xtro theme is 'nesting' by birocratic. SFX: 'Deep Space Vibrations Ambience Loop' by rhodesmas; 'Ambient space 4' by DylanTheFish.

    • 1 hr 6 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
312 Ratings

312 Ratings

Anaanatiaq ,

My Favourite Podcast!

Media Indigena has been & continues to be my most anticipated podcast. Rick is a great host & the panelists are academics, experts in their fields & well beyond. This podcast is wise, informative and often funny (which is amazing because the topics are often difficult). They cover a wide range of subjects & current issues - many not covered at all (& definitely not with full comprehension) by mainstream media.

Some of the academic concepts & terms are unfamiliar to non-academics like me. But Rick is always careful to see they are explained. So we all have access to some cool, mind expanding ideas from our easy chairs!

I’m a senior, a settler, disabled … yet these smart people can get me really engaged and super excited about new concepts or new (to me) ways of looking at issues. Thanks so much for this podcast Rick, Candis, Kim, Brock, Ken, Trina! And guests! I especially love to hear Kim Tallbear speak on sexualities & families.

I would like to encourage everyone who has the means - to please contribute to this wonderful podcast through Patreon. This is Rick’s own project, not part of any larger venture. This independence is part of what makes it so great, I think. But also hard to pull off. Let’s do what we can to keep this cool podcast thriving!

JiminieCrikket ,

Smart & Informative

Love the show!
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