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Words connect us. Words hurt us. Indigenous histories have been twisted by centuries of colonization. Host Kaniehti:io Horn brings us together to decolonize our minds– one word, one concept, one story at a time.

Telling Our Twisted Histories CBC Podcasts

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.6 • 561 Ratings

Words connect us. Words hurt us. Indigenous histories have been twisted by centuries of colonization. Host Kaniehti:io Horn brings us together to decolonize our minds– one word, one concept, one story at a time.

    Telling Our Twisted Histories Update and Introducing: Kuper Island

    Telling Our Twisted Histories Update and Introducing: Kuper Island

    Kuper Island is an 8-part series that tells the stories of four students: three who survived and one who didn’t. They attended one of Canada’s most notorious residential schools – where unsolved deaths, abuse, and lies haunt the community and the survivors to this day. Hosted by Duncan McCue. More episodes are available at hyperurl.co/kuperisland

    • 33 min
    RECONCILIATION

    RECONCILIATION

    It's made its way into Canada's political vocabulary and into Indigenous communities. Some see it as yet another empty promise; others see it as a path forward. It's a word that is both divisive and complicated. Together, we will look at the fractured relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous populations to look for a way forward that is balanced and fair.

    • 25 min
    GOD

    GOD

    Through missionary work and later, the government-funded residential school system, our rituals and spiritual practices were broken. We were forced to follow Christianity's top-down, hierarchical doctrine, under its vengeful and punitive god, but our circular worldview survived. In our view, all things coexist in an interconnected relationship with the universe. Together, we will decolonize the word GOD and uncover the richness of our spiritual traditions.

    • 22 min
    OBEY

    OBEY

    The word OBEY does not exist in Indigenous languages. Our ancestors lived by their own systems of governance that sought to maintain harmony among all living things. The concept of obedience was forced upon us by church and government authorities. It slowly took hold and changed both our way of life and our way of governing ourselves. The time has come to consider regaining our sovereignty and reclaiming our original ways of decision making.

    • 23 min
    BANNOCK

    BANNOCK

    Flour, baking powder, a pinch of salt and a bit of water. Beloved and delicious, this traditional fry bread is a staple in Indigenous kitchens, but its colonial roots come with serious health repercussions
    This episode is a mouth-watering journey decolonizing the word BANNOCK.

    • 19 min
    POCAHONTAS

    POCAHONTAS

    How do you dismantle the colonial myth of POCAHONTAS? Disney's portrait of the Indian Princess has been indelibly pressed into young minds: she is naïve and noble, sexualized, innocent, and needy of a white saviour to win her heart.

    In reality, Indigenous women have always played strong and valued roles in their communities, leading by will and courage. Western society has created the archetype of the Good Indian, frozen in time, smiling and helpful. Together, we will decolonize this stereotype and examine portrayals of Indigenous people in Hollywood and beyond.

    • 19 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
561 Ratings

561 Ratings

Lee Nourse ,

Bless All Those Souls

This podcast is very well done. Listening to these stories should be mandatory for all Canadians. Horrifying and hard to face the facts, yes, but profoundly important for us all to listen and say a prayer or two for those innocent souls who suffered crimes against humanity. Say prayers for the survivors and the families too.

charbylewis ,

So many facts

This is worth a listen.

AureBela ,

Deconstruction of beliefs

I really enjoyed deconstructing my settler’s beliefs around certain words and concepts. It is great to have a podcast on Native knowledge by First Nations people. Keep it up!

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