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.

FYI – image and corresponding linked are affiliated links. So if you purchase anything, I could get paid. This goes for all books.

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.


Author: heatherpuri

I am a Tsimshian woman. I am a mom. I am so many other identities but those are what resonate with my right now. I love listening to other people stories. I like sharing those stories and that is what I am doing with my podcast and blog Mixed Identity.

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