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.

Learn more:

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.


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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