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.007 | Indigenous Motherhood | Danita Washington
Young and Indigenous presents Danita Washington explaining her experiences throughout her life on being a mother, big sister to her siblings, and also her nieces and nephews. She talks about how it was back in their day compared to how different it is today--so you get to hear a little bit about the way we used to do things. There are many old stories from her time that I love to hear, especially when she talks about my grandparents. Danita has always been a good person in my corner growing up. She is a good auntie and I am thankful for her teachings that she hands down. -- Bella
This Podcast is brought to you by the Northwest Indian College Native Connections (TBH COVID-19), a grant funded by Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) 1H79SM083488. Disclaimer: The views, opinions, and content expressed in this podcast do not necessarily reflect the views, opinions, or policies of the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP), the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), or the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS).
In case of an emergency call 911
Lummi Behavioral Health 24/7 Crisis Line 1-360-594-1317
Lummi Victims of Crime Crisis Line 1-360-312-2015
National Suicide Pervention Line 1-800-273-8255
Mental Health 24 hour Crisis Line 1-800-584-3578
24 Hour Veterans Crisis Line 1-800-273-8255 Dial 1
The National Runaway Safeline 1-800-786-2929
The Trevor Project LGBTQ+ 24HR LINE 866-488-7386
Native Youth Crisis Hotline 1-877-209-1266
DSHS Report Abuse and Neglect 1-866-363-4276
Crisis Text Line - Text HOME to 741741
Ep.006 | Lummi | Salmon People Series
This episode will be the first of the Salmon People series where we share the voices of strong Indigenous youth who reflect on their cultural ties to salmon and vocalize why we must take action to save this crucial relative for the ecosystem and culture. Featured in this Episode are two youth from the Lummi Nation, Sadie Olsen and Jayden Phair Williams. You will also hear voices of Indigenous Leaders from the first Salmon People Project gathering held via zoom in March 2021. This Podcast shares salmon values, personal connections held with salmon, how important the salmon is to the environment and Native culture, and concludes with a call to action. We hope that after listening you will join us on a journey of giving a voice back to our sacred ancestor, the salmon.
Noutsiam friends and family, Children of the Setting Sun Productions is embarking on a journey to unite tribal nations in order to save our most sacred ancestor, the salmon. The Young and the Indigenous team will follow CSSP to collaborate with Indigenous communities who identify as the Salmon People to create a podcast series with the youth from these tribes. We plan to have a podcast with youth from each tribe who are involved which are: Lummi, Yurok, Umatilla, Shuswap, Swinomish and Yakima Nation. In each episode we hope to encourage the youth to think about their personal or cultural connection to the salmon and what that means to their community as a whole. The larger focus is, “who are we without salmon?” We have to pose this daunting question as we address the rapid decline of this keystone species while also supporting the tribes who are fighting to keep their fish populations alive.
This Podcast is brought to you by the Northwest Indian College Native Connections (TBH COVID-19), a grant funded by Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) 1H79SM083488.
Disclaimer: The views, opinions, and content expressed in this podcast do not necessarily reflect the views, opinions, or policies of the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP), the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), or the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS).
Ep.005 | Chesa Chesquin | Stories From Our People
Oral tradition is a sacred practice within All of our culture, communities, And families. Along with the coordinated dance of simply talking and being heard, oral tradition helps people learn life lessons their own way.
Join us in this episode as we listen to Chesa Chesquin (Gary Julius) a Coast Salish Artist and Storyteller of Lummi Nation. Listen closely as there are many lessons to learn in these short stories. We really hope you enjoy this sequel of our storytelling series!
Ep.004 | Smak i' ya' | Stories From Our People
Through time immemorial our people and ancestors have used the oral tradition of storytelling to pass down history, values, language, and culture to each generation. This has preserved our knowledge and kept our resiliency to carry on Shelangen- our way of life. We would like to thank Smak i’ ya’ Matt Warbus for continuing to teach the Lummi language and also pass down the importance of storytelling to the next generation, our future. You can hear his original flute music in this episode as well.
Ep.003 | Balancing Wellness
In this episode of Young and Indigenous you will be listening to an elder,
Steve Point, share wisdom and guidance during his annual Healing Conference
in the Sto:lo Nation of Canada and also the responses to his words from the
Young and Indigenous team. His insight into wellness and deeply moving life
stories are valuable teachings that can have positive impacts on the
livelihood of anyone willing to listen. Steve addresses the importance of
mental health and well-being in native communities who have long suffered
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.
Keep It Alive
Thank you for putting this out there. I paddle your waters now instead of my river (Pawnee Nation), and our last native speaker passed away a few years ago. I love that the younger generation wants to keep this alive for your tribe. Don't ever let this go.
I’m so glad to have this podcast. Also love supporting the local tribe in my area.
Poignant and moving
Thank you for sharing your wisdom and experience with the world. This podcast is so powerful and informative.