31 episodes

A podcast where three Métis aunties
figure out how to publish, edit, and write
Indigenous stories. This podcast is by and for Indigenous peoples who have an interest in editing, publishing, and writing Indigenous stories. The hope is to inspire Indigenous peoples to share their stories in whatever medium that they enjoy.

Yes, storytelling occurs in a variety of mediums like: podcasting (naturally), burlesque, books, comics, social media, articles, listicles, video, music, and everything in between.

masinahikan iskwêwak – Book Women Podcast Masinahikan Iskwêwak

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A podcast where three Métis aunties
figure out how to publish, edit, and write
Indigenous stories. This podcast is by and for Indigenous peoples who have an interest in editing, publishing, and writing Indigenous stories. The hope is to inspire Indigenous peoples to share their stories in whatever medium that they enjoy.

Yes, storytelling occurs in a variety of mediums like: podcasting (naturally), burlesque, books, comics, social media, articles, listicles, video, music, and everything in between.

    Season 3 Episode 5 - Poetry

    Season 3 Episode 5 - Poetry

    Here we go again! This time the aunties chat kitchen-style about jaye simpson's poetry collection: it was never going to be okay. As usual, we pull on some threads to talk about important Indigenous themes. Some topics we discuss involve: sex as medicine, healing, foster care, and our Star Wars crushes (naturally). 

    Order the book through the publisher here:

    https://harbourpublishing.com/products/9780889713826

    OR! Support your local book stores and libraries. 

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Season 3 Episode 4 - Graphic Novels

    Season 3 Episode 4 - Graphic Novels

    Join us today as we chat about two (very different!) graphic novels! We read “A Girl Called Echo volume 1” by Katherena Vermette, Scott B. Henderson and Donovan Yaciuk and “Dakwakada Warriors” by Cole Pauls. We also touch on a more serious topic, about why we cannot participate in Congress out of respect and in solidarity with the Black Canadian Studies Association (BCSA). We will still be participating in a virtual event hosted by ILSA.

    We also chat about pestilence ponies, the legitimacy of graphic novels and the impact of Fern Gully and Big Foot on provincial politics in Alberta.

    Links to Books Read:

    A Girl Called Echo: https://www.katherenavermette.com/a-girl-called-echo/

    Dakwakada Warriors: https://www.conundrumpress.com/new-titles/dakwakada-warriors/

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Season 3 Episode 2 - Split Tooth by Tanya Tagaq

    Season 3 Episode 2 - Split Tooth by Tanya Tagaq

    It's book club time! Put on some coffee and join our conversation about Split Tooth by Tanya Tagaq. 

    Content warning: Readers should know that Split Tooth is a work of staggering beauty and originality that also engages with extremely challenging subjects, including childhood sexual abuse. We have some mental health resources listed on our website.

    Keep the conversation going! We want to hear what you think. Join us on Twitter - @book_women or @IndigenousLSA. Use the #BookWomen. Email us @BookWomenPodcast at gmail.com, or by leaving a comment on the book club announcement on our website, bookwomenpodcast.ca.

    We still have some books and some beautiful Indigenous swag to give away, so don't be afraid to let us know what you think!

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Season 3 Episode 1 - Introducing the Book Club

    Season 3 Episode 1 - Introducing the Book Club

    We're back! With a Book Club! We want YOU to participate so we can give you FREE stuff! Leave us a comment, tweet at us, email us, visit our website. But get your questions or comments in and we will discuss when we discuss our first book, Split Tooth by Tanya Tagaq.

    Huge thanks to our sponsors this season!


    ILSA (Indigenous Literary Studies Association) and even bigger thanks to Keavy Martin

    ACCUTE (Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English)

    SSHRC (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council)


    And this is all leading up to Congress, hosted by the University of Alberta (online) May 27 - June 4, 2021.

    See you in Book Club! #BookWomen

    • 21 min
    Season 2 Episode 13 - Wrap Up!

    Season 2 Episode 13 - Wrap Up!

    The season is over! Catch up with your favorite Aunties as we reflect on how we are still surviving and thriving. We chat about our favorite episodes, what we missed and give a sneak peak for Season 3! Thanks to the Edmonton Arts Council for support in making season 2 happen.

    Links to Stuff Mentioned:


    Botte Chai Bar in Saskatoon 
    Edmonton Arts Council - the funders of Season 2
    Norma Dunning - also see Season 1, Episode 8 of Book Women Podcast for our interview with her
    Tipi Confessions - Sexy storytelling with a decolonial lens 
    Stories of the Road Allowance People - Edited by Maria Campbell
    Tenille Campbell - Dene/Métis author and photographer from English River First Nation, SK
    Congress (of the Humanities and Social Sciences)
    Wîwîp’son - Indigenous Nurturing Therapy in Edmonton, AB
    Daniel Heath Justice - Why Indigenous Literatures Matter
    Joshua Whitehead - Johnny Appleseed. Also on the 2021 Canada Reads upcoming on March 8-11.
    Amanda Boyden - I got the dog

    • 58 min
    Episode 12 - Dion Kaszas

    Episode 12 - Dion Kaszas

    Join us for our last interview of season 3. For this episode, we hang out with Dion Kaszas: a traditional hand tattoo artist. His ancestors, the Nlaka'pamux, use methods like skin stitching and hand poking. We also chat about the effects of colonization, the mind/body connection, and how to reclaim Indigenous traditions.

    Links to other things we chat about:


    Earth Line Tattoo: https://www.earthlinetattoo.com/home 
    Dion's Master's Thesis: https://dx.doi.org/10.14288/1.0365997 
    Research about Indigenous Tattoo practices: www.indigenoustattooing.com

    Connect with Dion:


    Website: https://consumedbyink.com/
    Bookings: https://consumedbyink.com/contact
    youTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWbSoHz6WUDkZXwMdfjIK9g

    • 58 min

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