Future Ecologies is recorded on the unceded territories of the Musqueam (xwməθkwəy̓əm) Squamish (Skwxwú7mesh), and Tsleil- Waututh (Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh) Nations - otherwise known as Vancouver, British Columbia. But what does that mean?
In this proto-episode of Future Ecologies, we talk to indigenous plant diva T’uy’t’tanat Cease Wyss, about how, as non-indigenous people, we can podcast respectfully on unceded indigenous territory. It’s our way of acknowledging the the land we live on and the ever-present role that indigenous peoples will play in the stories to come. Also, Cease tells some great stories of her own.
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This episode features T’uy’t’tanat Cease Wyss. T’uy’t’tanat has a blog with lots of great information about medicinal native plants (https://indigenousplantdiva.wordpress.com/), as well as a tea company with her daughter, Senaqwila Wyss, called Raven Hummingbird Tea (https://ravenhummingbirdtea.com/). She was recently the indigenous storyteller in residence at the Vancouver Public library, and she does so many other things that we can’t possible list them all here. Follow her on twitter at @TuyTanat.
Special thanks to Khelsilem Dustin Rivers, who allowed us to use a short segment of a speech he made on May 29, 2018 in Vancouver, BC. Follow him on twitter at @Khelsilem. Special thanks also to Sara Brooke Cadeau, whose singing can be heard during the opening and closing audio clips, which were recorded on October 28th, 2017 at Whey-Ah-Whichen (Cates Park) in Deep Cove, BC. Both of these events were protests against the expansion of the Kinder Morgan Transmountain Pipeline on unceded indigenous territory here in BC - learn more about this at https://www.coastprotectors.ca/. Thanks also to Sarah Sax, Ilana Fonariov, and Nicole Jahraus for their ears.
This season of Future Ecologies is supported in part by the Vancouver Foundation. Learn more at https://vancouverfoundationsmallarts.ca/.