Episode 11: Mel A

Mel A., who identifies as a female Latina who is loud and a Slytherin, talks to us about experience growing up and living in the Southwest of the United States of America. My favorite part of our wonderful conversation is when she talks about being a doorstop for other people of color.  A great listen.

Show Notes:

Fan Pals Podcast

Mel’s podcast where they deep dive into Fandom. What Fandom? All.

Sorting Hat Experience – Harry Potter

Want to know if you join the Slytherin club with Mel and I? take the Hogwarts Sorting Experience.

Image from Bustle

Book of Life – Movie

Convicted Criminal Joe Arpiro

If you do not know about him and his riegn of terror. Here’s a video from Watching the Watchers that list out some of the shitty things he has done.

Get Out – Movie

All My Relations Podcast

Locke & Key – Netflix Show Trailer

Fortnite – Video Game

Yuri on Ice – Magna

Episode 10: Marisol Rosa-Shapiro

A New Yorker first, Marisol Rosa-Shapiro is Jewish Puerto Rican woman.  Her city and multiple layers of identity have shaped her; she discussed her experience with us. She shares her story of her recent visit to the Island (Puerto Rico); a visit accelerated due to to fear that the culture and essence will be lost due to climate change and a shameful response from the United States government. Great listen!

Show Notes:

Bomba

La MaMa Theatre 

Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants – Robin Wall Kimmerer

Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds – Adrienne Maree Brown 

Code Switch – NPR 

Episode 9: Casey Wong

This is the last episode of 2019! I talk with Casey Wong, an Asian – Irish – German – American., who identifies as Asian American. Casey share the stories that made him, about his family, himself and the world. He discusses his name, mama (嫲嫲) paternal grandmother on his father’s side and more. He is thoughtful, eloquent and a joy to speak with.

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Video of my Grandmother, Dorthy Hayward Mckinnie

This is short and not complete. I do not know where the full video has gone but you can hear her speak Sm’algyax. A great instagram account to hear more of this beautiful language is smalgyax_learners. Follow them today!

Lost

Crazy Rich Asians

The Farewell

East of Eden

The Brain that Changes Itself

Story of Your Life and Others

Tower of Babylon

Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah.

Episode 7: Emma Braun

In this episode we discuss how Emma Braun has navigated being Native and White from San Diego to St. Louis. She tells us about her family planning activism and how she is actively inviting people to the table.

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Burke Museum

Bill of Rights for Racially Mixed People By Maria P.P. Root

Maria P. P. Root, PhD, is author of “The Multiracial Experience: Racial Borders as the New Frontier” which you can purchase through Interracial Voice and Amazon.com

Gateway Women’s Access Fund

GWAF have changed its name to the Missouri Abortion Fund.

Andre Henry

Catch and Kill – Rowan Farrow

Episode 7: Rihaan Puri and Lies-giving

Extra special guest – Rihaan Puri (my 4 year old son) – talks with me about being Punjabi, Tsimshian and American. He also serenades us with one of his recordings (future rock star on our hands). I also talk about things I love – swearing – and things I hate – Thanksgiving.

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The Thanksgiving Tale We Tell Is a Harmful Lie. As a Native American, I’ve Found a Better Way to Celebrate the Holiday by Sean Sherman

This is the article I refer to in the segment on why I hate Thanksgiving. If you want to feel better about your turkey, cranberry sauce and all the fixing read the whole article. If you just want to wallow in your white guilt (we are all complicit in the system of white supremacy unless we are actively fighting against it) just listen to my podcast.

The Sioux Chef’s Indigenous Kitchen by Sean Sherman

This is the author of the article’s cook book. It won the 2018 James Beard Award for Best Cookbook. It was named Best cookbook in 2017 by a lot of big news organizations (NYTs, NPR, and more). I am putting a link here to hope who ever has my name for Christmas this year see this.

Swearing is Good for You: the Amazing Science of Bad Language by Emma Bryne

Just putting this out there. I spend a lot of time talking about how I enjoy swearing. And science is with me I have it on hold at the library. I am looking forward to reading it. Maybe I will talk about it in another episode.

Trucks: Rihaan’s favorite thing about being American

Good thing we live in Seattle as there is so much construction and so many trucks.

Episode 5: Tim Norris

Episode 5 features Tim Norris (pronouns: he/him) who shares many parts of his identity; Japanese-American, white, gay, cis-gendered, first-gen high school grad, and more.

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Rainbow City Band Concert: Let It Shine – November 9th

My Seattle listeners, get your tickets today to RBC’s first concert of the season. Tim our guest is artistic director of this great ensemble.

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From RCB’s website:

With, “music ranging from Broadway musicals to renowned band literature, including Eliot Del Borgo’s moving setting of Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night. This will be a musical exploration of the depths of darkness with music such as Washington composer Alex Shapiro’s Lights Out and the exuberant joy of light with Frank Ticheli’s Sun Dance. This evening will also debut the RCPA Singers with a performance of John Rutter’s The Gift of Each Day.”

No Small Thing – Podcast: Enneagram

Every fifth episode of No Small Thing is an Enneagram episode. Above is their first one, where they talk about Type 5s. Co-host Scott Gronholz is a 5. Check it out.

I started listening to this podcast because Macie is one of the teachers at my son’s school and she seems super interesting and cool. She is. I was just chatting with her that listening to her podcast gives me this strange sense of intimacy with her, since I get to learn more about her with every episode I listen to. But I don’t know her at all. Scott took some getting use to for me but he has grown on me. I love listening to this while I am gardening, cooking or cleaning.

By the way, I now think I am a Type 8. Do not take a test. I read you should listen to other’s stories and research on your own to find your number. What this has done for me more than anything else is open my mind that not everyone thinks like me. In a lot of ways it has saved my marriage. I can communicate what I am feeling better and being more understanding of choices i would not make.

Public WorksSeattle Rep

Tim just started as a teaching artist for this amazing audience program at Seattle Rep. He is finding his joy in his roots of musical theater and as a teacher. As he says on the podcast, He is a teacher first.

Image from City Arts 2017 article on Seattle Rep’s Public Works program

From the Public Works Website:

Theatre Of, By and For the People

Episode 4: Sandra McKinnie Biehl

My mom is my fourth guest. She shares the story of how her parents – a FBI (Full Blooded Indian) Tsimshian woman from Alaska and an Iowa farmer from no-where Iowa – met. She discusses her experience as a math teacher, meeting my father (in the 6th grade), living in South Korea and more.

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No Small Thing – Podcast: Episode 69 Gender

Loving v Virginia

Image from Freedom to Marry

Molly of Denali

Image from NYTimes

Bilal Cooks Dal

Christmas Chronicles

Episode 3: Aaron Biehl

Episode number 3 features my youngest brother, Aaron Biehl. He is the youngest of us all by far – about 10 years younger than the rest of the larger group. His experience as white-passing Alaska Native man is very interesting (aren’t they all). He discusses his first experience of being identified as not white, his desire for a motorcycle trip through BC to commune with our land. And much more!

I talk a little too much blood quantum (a.k.a. genocide) and how I found out that I was the wrong kind of Indian (dot versus feather – or totem pole?). In fact, I think I talk a little too much. So you get to learn more about me.

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Robert EvansBehind the Bastards

Aaron turned me on to this podcast. Robert Evans is a white guy who does not sound like nails on a chalk board. When I am feeling angry and wanting to wallow in the angry, I listen to this podcast.

This podcast looks deep into the history of the worst people who have ever walked this earth, with the help of a special guest. It ranges from well known bastards – Stalin, Hitler, Mark Zuckerberg, to lesser known bastards like John McAfee (the anti-virus dude), Andrew Wakefield (the anti-vax doctor) and George Lincoln Rockwell ( the grandfather of all modern fascists).

My favorite series is probably the one on Ron L. Hubbard or The Accidental Genocide of the Andaman Islands (featuring Yo is this Racists’ Andre Ti).

WARNING – it is very explicit. And also VERY good.

CastlevaniaNetflix

An original Netflix series based on a 1986 video game. A Vampire Hunter – who is a vampire himself – fights Dracula and his armies to save the future of humankind.

Bootleg UniverseAdi Shankar

Oh man … so, I watched the Power Rangers Bootleg, as research for this post. Now all I want to do is finish this blog post and watch everything else that Adi Shankar has done, ever. If the rest of this blog seems phoned in … you know why.

I used to introduce Aaron too cool things from Metric to The Aquabats, so he could be that pretentious kid who said, “Yeah, I’ve been into that since I was 5 year old,” but it was true. I stopped being cool about 10 years ago, thank goodness I have a lit Millennial brother to keep me in the know.

Malazan Book of the Fallen – Steven Erickson

Aaron suggests this book as an example of a white man with the ability to write a perspective that is not their own and do it well. It is now on my library list.

Wheel of Time – Robert Jordan

This it the opposite. This is the example of a white man who struggles to write a realistic character, who is not a white man.

As Aaron mentioned, everyone of us kids read these books growing up. I stopped at book 6 or 5. They were thousands and thousands of pages and I just started getting bored waiting for the next book to come out.

Tsimshian Stories – recorded by William Beynon

William Beynon in 1915
Picture from Wikipedia

These stories were Aaron’s bedtime stories. They are now my children’s.

In the 80’s my great Uncle Russel and other from the Metlakatla Indian Community went to Columbia University to record and reprint many of the stories originally recorded by William Beynon. I have had the opportunity to hold his papers in my hands, my mother and I visited the special papers collection at Columbia University. It was an amazing experience.

Beynon was an anthropologist who recorded many of the traditional ceremonies, practices and beliefs, as well as the stories and histories of the Tsimshian Nation. He was mixed too. Tsimshian (Luxgibuu of the Gitlaan and Nisga’a tribes) and Welsh.

Maybe I’ll do a research episode on him. What do you think of episodes where I report about historical mixed race people?

Vicious – S.E. Schawb

Villains are only villains depending on your perspective. A villain does not wake up saying, “I am looking forward to being a villain today.” Villains believe that they are doing good (maybe only for themselves, others truly believe they are making the world a better place). This book tackles this concept in a page-turner.

I read this book in 3 days. I have two small children and not a ton of time. I lost a lot of sleep while reading this book. It is so well written and engaging. I could not put it down.

Legion

Based on the Marvel comic character from X-men universe. David Haller was diagnosed with schizophrenia at a young age and has been a patient in various psychiatric hospitals. After Haller has an encounter with a fellow psychiatric patient, he is confronted with the possibility that there may be more to him than mental illness.

Episode 2: Paul Biehl

Paul Biehl, my younger brother, is our second guest. He identifies as Paul, a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Days Saints, Native and White. Listen to his grappling with his religion and his understanding of the Tsimshian oral history and more. Paul is an avid (some might say rabid) college football fan, insurance adjuster, father and husband.

Image: My father, brother (Paul) in I on my first day of kindergarten.

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David Boxely

David Boxely is our uncle, in the Tsimshian sense; his grandparents were cousins with my mom’s grandparents, or something like similar. My mother and Boxely grew up together on Metlakata, AK. He is an international recognized artist with Totem Poles across the country; including the American Indian Museum in DC, Disneyworld and the Microsoft campus.

Eagle Spirit Totem Pole, Seattle, WA

Image from Seattle Times

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

The LDS church plays a huge role in my brother’s lives; my parents and some friends too. I am not a religious person but for those that are, I think do what is right for you.

Salt Lake City LDS Temple

Image from Wikipedia

Ghost of Football Past – Radio Lab

Carlisle Indian School Football Team 1907, entire squad.

Paul loves college football. LOVES football. I was really happy to share with him that football plays a big role in the recent past of Native people. This Radio Lab episode is about the history of Football at the Carlisle Indian School, which is the beginning history of football in America.

If you choose one other podcast – after MI – Radio Lab is a good choice.

Carlisle Indian School Football Team 1907, entire squad. Image from Radio Lab

Book of Mormon Scripture Paul referenced

Paul talked about how he balances his understanding of Tsimshian oral history and his religion. We wanted to make sure that we put the actual scripture here.

Nephi prophesied that in the last days the Lamanites would accept the gospel and become a “pure and delightsome people” (2 Ne. 30:6). Likewise, it was revealed to the Prophet Joseph Smith that the Lamanites will at some future time “blossom as the rose” (D&C 49:24).

Source BYU.edu

Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies

I talk about a book that discusses resources and how it affects war, hierarchy and more. I forget the name of the book. It is this book! It’s a great read. It is a look at why different cultures developed at different rates.

A lot has to do with the cultivation of food sources; the point that stuck with me was about the domestication of animals. Certain animals are more inclined to domestication, it is not that one culture was better at domestication than others – or those cultures would have domesticated some zebras by now.

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Sweet Farts 1

My 4 year old son and I are reading this book. It is funny and a little beyond his grasp. We do not call farts Silent But Deadly – SBD which plays a huge role in this book. It is about a 8-9 year old that gets blamed for some SBDs at school. He decides to do his science project on making farts sweet.

Seven Fallen Feathers: Racism, Death, and Hard Truths in a Northern City

Read this book. It is painful. It is sad. It is horrible that this shit is happening TODAY! Right now, not in 1760, 1860 or 1960. 2019, today! Native children are dying and no one is doing anything to protect them. Please note that this is about Canada but things are worse here in the US.

The Name of the Wind

Paul says this is the best books he has ever read on the face of the earth! He has read it multiple times!

“The Name of the Game” – Episode 1 of The Boys on Prime Video

Capitalism and Super Heros – what happens next?! It’s an escape but still tackles current issues. Paul says to check it out!

The League ( Available on Netflix, Hulu, and all those streaming sites)

Paul is re-watching the League, with older eyes. I think my favorite thing Paul says about his second round watching this show is that he no longer finds abusive relationships funny.

Episode 1: Ruth Hallows

Mixed Identity’s first guest is my sister, Ruth Hallows – K’sm Lxskulgan, Women of the Cedar Mat. Ruth is a white-passing Tsimshian woman, with 4 amazing children and who is working hard on completing her degree. She has a passion for nutrition and how food can make us better and happier people. Join us as we discuss how we have juggled our own perceptions of self and the identities given to us by society.

Mentions:

Daniel Tiger

If you do not have a toddler, or recently had one, you probably do not know Daniel Tiger – or at least his reincarnation on PBS Kids, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood. But they name might be familiar to those who grew up with Mr. Rogers. Daniel Tiger is based on the puppet in Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood. He like Mr. Roger’s helps kids learn to process their emotions. To be truthful, Daniel has helped me to learn to process my emotions better. Ruth and I talk about song “Having Mixed Feelings”.

Peloton Bike

Peloton Bike
Peloton Bike – My Health Plan

Some people call it a cult. I call it, the amazing product/service that gets me to exercise on a regular basis. Some days I can dedicate two hours to myself; 45 minute bike ride (with great music), 10 minute cool down ride, 5 minute stretch and 5 minutes of meditation, followed by a shower. Other days I can only squeeze in a 15 minute ride and quick shower. But I can make time almost every day of the week! It also has a community and digital aspect that helps to keep you engaged; getting/giving high-fives from other riders in the on demand classes, getting shout-outs from instructors during live rides, monthly challenges, achievements for days or weeks in a row. All of these things make me want to get on that bike. I am at a 10 week stretch! I am almost to 75 rides!

It is an investment but at my age my health and my children are my top two investments. Plus, I figured my partner and I were paying for gym memberships. After 1 year of no gym memberships is equivalent to the price of the bike. The monthly membership fee is half the cost of one gym membership. We now exercise 4-7 times a week, with the gym memberships we were lucky to get there once a week.

PS I do not make a commission on this post. I truly dig this bike. BUT if you want to buy one mention my name and rider name #skookumjam and I will get some $$ for the overpriced peloton gear!