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YAI Podcast stands for Young and Indigenous and that’s who we are: tribal youth of the Lummi Nation, original peoples of the land and water now called Bellingham, Washington. In order to try and help our Lummi community stay unified, we have created an outlet for people to express their opinions, voice their ideas and concerns, and share some of the, until now, untold stories of our people. YAI podcast is an attempt to preserve our culture, learn our language, and inspire future generations of youth to believe in and develop their authentic voices.

Young and Indigenous is also for those people outside of our community who would like to learn more about us as Native people. Telling our own story helps us reclaim our narrative and protect our way of life. We are using this platform to bring awareness to the issues happening in our Lummi homeland and in Indian Country today.

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YAI Podcast stands for Young and Indigenous and that’s who we are: tribal youth of the Lummi Nation, original peoples of the land and water now called Bellingham, Washington. In order to try and help our Lummi community stay unified, we have created an outlet for people to express their opinions, voice their ideas and concerns, and share some of the, until now, untold stories of our people. YAI podcast is an attempt to preserve our culture, learn our language, and inspire future generations of youth to believe in and develop their authentic voices.

Young and Indigenous is also for those people outside of our community who would like to learn more about us as Native people. Telling our own story helps us reclaim our narrative and protect our way of life. We are using this platform to bring awareness to the issues happening in our Lummi homeland and in Indian Country today.

    Ep.002 | Being Indigenous

    Ep.002 | Being Indigenous

    Being Indigenous to a unique place provides a powerful source of identity for the original inhabitants of that land. To find common threads across a diverse group of Native American and First Nations peoples, we conducted numerous interviews on what it means to be indigenous. Beginning with our own reflections, we then turned to our friends and family and finally to the staff and students of the Northwest Indian College to gather further information. We found that although we all have different languages and cultural practices, indigenous people share a common connection to the earth because of our relationship to our true homelands. This sentiment is felt in the stories told by Lummi Tribal member, Timothy Ballew Jr., who generously shares his wisdom, teachings, and understanding of the Natural World. It’s important that we take the time to sit with our elders and learn from them.

    • 38 min
    Ep.001 | Young and Indigenous - Awakening the Ancestors

    Ep.001 | Young and Indigenous - Awakening the Ancestors

    In this first episode of the YAI podcast we talk about learning the language of our Native American culture: we are the Lummi people from the Pacific Northwest in Bellingham Washington. Growing up I didn’t get to be involved in my culture as much as I wanted to because different families had their own ways of doing things and mine didn’t practice culture as much as other families did. My brother Tyson Scarborough and my boyfriend Keith Jefferson are in the podcast and they are teaching me the language by showing me how to say my introduction in Lummi.


    I get called as a witness at gatherings sometimes so I thought it would be a good time for me to learn what my ancestors protected and saved for us. Some of them got killed for practicing the old ways and because of their sacrifice the culture and language are still here today--that’s why we are still here today.


    We are proud to have many Lummi artists contribute to our podcast. We have piano and beatboxing by Chance Mad-Aye, Native song by Keith Jefferson, original music from Michael George and the Westshore Canoe Family, Stick Game Song by Johnnie Bob, original flute song by Jonah Ballew, and a family song by Tonya Teton.



    Learning the ways of our people is important to us because we didn’t get to grow up learning a lot of them like we should have and I think our culture and language is so beautiful. As a people I think we shouldn’t be afraid to show the world what we are really all about. We are not in the 1800 or 1900s anymore and we should not be scared to show who we really are-- we should be fighting for it back no matter what.

    It’s time that we start showing who we are because we are not weak people. We are strong people. We are strong and we are asking now: is the world ready for that?

    • 35 min

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