Discussions on Okinawa/Loochoo identity, culture, history and language connected with the journey to normalize identity and connect with other native/indigenous peoples who share similar stories.
Reclaiming Our Voice
Exciting and interesting discussion with Tatsuki Kohatsu who is a student from Okinawa studying at the University of Hawaiʻi Mānoa. He talks about his experiences during his interviews for research when working on his Masters thesis and also talks about the essential connection to place as Shimanchu. He is one of the young up and coming warriors who is reclaiming voice for Okinawa.
Sanshin in the soul: Filling in the Void
In this episode, Keith Nakaganeku Shinshii talks story with us about his experience and connection to uta sanshin. Keith grew up with sanshin in his family through his grandfather, who was a well known sanshin instructor. His grandmother played kutu and also helped to support Keith in his journey through uta sanshin. Listen also as Keith talks about a void he had in his life and how he discovered what it was.
Art and Indigeneity/Cultural Identity
Dane Nakama is a young up and coming artist in the Hawaiʻi scene and is just finishing up a show at the Hawaiʻi Theater Gallery in the heart of Honolulu. Listen in as we discuss his art pieces and perspective on cultural identity and indigeneity as it connects to art and the art world.
Shimakutuba: Identity and Indigeneity
In this episode we yuntaku (talk story) with Brandon Ufugusuku-Ing about Shimakutuba and how it connects to indigenous identity. When we think of language, what do we think of? Is it just words or is there something deeper than that? How does our language and indigeneity connect us to other communities?
Uta Sanshin: Okinawaʻs Instrument of Relationships
I take a break this episode and talk with Norman Kanegusuku(Kaneshiro) Shinshii about Uta Sanshin. For those of you who think of the sanshin as just a musical instrument, youʻll be in for a pleasant surprise. Norman Shinshii goes into a deeper explanation about how the sanshin is an instrument that actually connects to relationships. He also shares his candid thoughts and knowledge of what uta sanshin means to him and the changes it has gone through. I hope you enjoy this informal talk story with Norman Shinshii.
"Miiji"/Water; Our Life Source and Connection
Water is often taken for granted. How many time have we thought about what if there was no water? If we think about it, water is our connection to each other as we all come from water. If we look at water, we can see itʻs various forms, just as we have different forms. So much to learn from water, as our source of life and values, especially in these times as we journey to reclaim our identity.