Indigenous podcasting has come a long way

Here is a list of the newest (and some existing) podcasts created by Indigenous people

Since today is the second day of summer, according to the summer solstice, we thought we’d let you know about some new podcasts (and existing) podcasts created by Indigenous people. It’d be great to pop one of these on with the windows rolled down, wind in your hair and the sun shining on your face. There’s also a podcast for kids!

Also, just yesterday (on Indigenous Peoples Day in Canada), Ryan McMahon, Ojibway, who is a host of Thunder Bay podcast, talked with Apple in Canada to feature Indigenous podcasts. Check out his tweet of this dream come true.

“Indigenous podcasting has come a long long way (and we have a long way to go),” he said. 

So with that in mind, this will be an ongoing list because there are so many Indigenous voices. 

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This Land 

Creator: Crooked Media
Host: Rebecca Nagle, Cherokee
More at: This Land website
Listen at: Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher, Tune In, RSS
Reviewed by Outside Magazine

If you enjoy listening to true crime, then this is the podcast to listen to. Rebecca Nagle talks about how two murders in 1839 and 1999 will affect the Carpenter v. Murphy case. A case that affects half of the land in Oklahoma for five tribes. The Supreme Court is supposed to release a decision as soon as this month.

(Read more: Casinos on every corner? No! How Carpenter v. Murphy affects tribal sovereignty)

The Truth Sharing 

Host: Kaniehtiio Horn, Eve Ringuette, Monique Hurteau, and Jacquie Black
More at: http://www.mmiwg-ffada.ca/
Twitter: @sacredmmiwg
Instagram: @truthsharingpodcasts
Listen at: Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play, AnyPod

This podcast just came out on June 21! Each host went to communities to talk with those who were involved with Canada’s National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. It’s a total of five podcasts in both English and French.

(Read more: National MMIW Inquiry details Canada’s ‘race-based genocide’ - June 3, 2019)

All My Relations

Co-Hosts: Adrienne Keene, Cherokee, and Matika Wilbur, Swinomish and Tulalip
Creative Director: Teo Shantz
Producer: Brooke Pepion Swaney, Blackfeet and Salish
Production Assistant: Juanita Christine Toledo, Walatowa (Jemez Pueblo)
More at: All My Relations website
Listen at: Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Play

All My Relations talks about “what it means to be a Native person in 2019.” With that they explore relationships Native people have -- to family, community, the land, and more. They also talk about the big issues Native people face each day, such as cultural appropriation in fashion, food sovereignty, and more. Give a listen and laugh along with these lovely ladies. 

Molly of Denali

Hosts: Molly and Tooey
Produced by: PRX, WGBH Boston, Gen-Z media
Theme song by: Yupik Alaska band Pamyua and Gwich’in fiddler Brennan Firth
More at: Molly of Denali website
Listen at: Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Overcast, RadioPublic, Stitcher, Pocketcasts, Castro, RSS

Molly, a 10-year-old Alaska Native, and her friend Tooey go on adventures in Alaska. You don’t have to be a kid to listen to this podcast that is also made by people of PBS shows such as Arthur and Curious George. Did we mention this is an all Indigenous cast voiced by Indigenous actors? The TV series comes out on July 15. 

Returning to the Rez

Host and Produced by: Kendall Harvey, Diné
Listen at: Spotify, Apple Podcasts

Kendall Harvey graduated from Columbia University this spring. This podcast is part of his undergraduate senior thesis project where he talks about the “post-graduation journeys of three Diné (Navajo) graduates” and the idea of returning to the rez and giving back. A sentiment constantly expressed on the Navajo Nation. 

While Indigenous

Host: Sarah Sunshine Manning, Shoshone Paiute
Produced by: NDN Collective
More at: While Indigenous website
Listen at: Apple Podcasts, Soundcloud, PodParadise.com, Castbox

A podcast about getting back to that “Indigenous power” our people were at.

Creative Native Podcast

Creator: Natalie Welch, Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians
Twitter: @Cr3ativeN8ive
More at: Creative Native Podcast website
Available on: iTunes

Natalie Welch started the Creative Native podcast in September 2018. The PhD candidate talks to Native American athletes about what it’s like to be a Native athlete, their backgrounds, goals, and aspirations. So far she’s spoken with athletes such as Brandon Bailey, Chickasaw, Houston Astros baseball player, and Tracie Léost, Métis, who organized a 115-kilometre run in Canada.

Métis in Space

Host: Molly Swain, Métis, and Chelsea Vowel, Métis
More at: Métis in Space website
Listen at: Apple Podcasts, podcast website, Soundcloud, Stitcher

Molly and Chelsea drink some wine and “from a tipsy, decolonial perspective, review a sci-fi movie, or television episode featuring Indigenous peoples, tropes and themes.” Start listening now because there are four seasons worth of Indigenous nerdiness.

Media Indigena

Host: Brock, Candis, Ken, Kim, and Rick
Twitter: @mediaINDIGENA
More at: Media INDIGENA website
Listen at: Apple Podcasts, Google podcasts, podcast website

Want a weekly round-up of Indigenous affairs in the news? Then you came to the right place. One reviewer said, “There is so much truth in this podcast, it will make you really start to see the world around you in a different light. Excellent expert panel.” The panel recently came back from a 147-week break so you’re in for a treat! 

Coffee with My Ma

Host: Kaniehtiio Horn
Co-Produced and edited by: Rick Penn
More at: Coffee with My Ma Facebook
Twitter: @CoffeeWithMyMa
Listen at: Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Podbean, Player FM

Kaniehtiio Horn sits with her mom, Kahentinetha Horn, to talk about her life. There are 11 episodes in this first season with two more to go before season two.

Red Man Laughing

Host: Ryan McMahon, Ojibway
Produced by: Indian and Cowboy
More at: https://www.redmanlaughing.com/
Twitter: @RMLPodcast
Listen at: Apple Podcasts, Stitcher

There are seven seasons of Red Man Laughing that center around investigating and exploring the conflict of Indian Country and mainstream.

Stories From The Land

Host: Ryan McMahon, Ojibway
Produced by: Indian and Cowboy
More at: StoriesFromTheLand.com
Twitter: @SFTLpodcast
Listen at: Apple Podcasts, Radio Public, Google Play, Spotify

Stories From The Land focuses on Indigenous history, philosophy, and worldview via audio storytelling. 

Thunder Bay

Host: Ryan McMahon, Ojibway
More at: https://www.canadalandshow.com/shows/thunder-bay/
Listen at: Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Podcast website, RSS

The Atlantic declared Thunder Bay one of the 50 best podcasts in 2018. Comedian Ryan McMahon grew up near the Canadian city (in Ontario) where nine Indigenous youth were found dead.

“Over the past two decades, several young indigenous people have been found dead in the nearby Kaministiquia and McIntyre Rivers. Most of the deaths have been deemed accidental, or the causes could not be determined. Thunder Bay is not just a dangerous and racist place; the area has also been seemingly minting corrupt government officials, including one who was disbarred and arrested for soliciting sex from underage girls.”

“… McMahon sets his sight on the whole city, its institutions, and its apologists, arguing for revolutionary change in a town that needs to answer for when its children die alone in the elements.”

Finding Cleo

Host: Connie Walker, Cree
Twitter: @connie_walker
Listen at: Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, cbc.ca Podcasts, Player FM

Another investigative podcast done by journalist Connie Walker. This focuses on a little girl named Cleopatra Semaganis Nicotine. Cleo disappeared from Saskatchewan First Nations and Walker interviews family members to figure out what happened to her. This podcast was just declared the Best Podcast by Apple Podcasts in 2018. 

The Talking Stick

Produced by: Indian Legal Program at Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law and the National Congress of American Indians

Legal jargon is difficult to understand. Indian law is even more difficult because there are layers to it with state and federal law. Legal experts want to educate the public about tribal law and policy through this podcast. So far it has covered water policy, juvenile justice, Native voting rights, and the Indian Child Welfare Act. 

The Red Road

Hosted by: Courtney Skye and Hayden King
Sound engineering by: Humble Man Recording
Twitter: @RedRoadPodcast
Listen at: Soundcloud, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Player FM, Listen Notes, Tune In

Two NDNs trapped in a car. What else is there to do but talk? Podcasts range anywhere from 37 to 57 minutes with topics surrounding violence, traffic, legislation, representation, education, a “Haunted NDN Podcast Kar,” and more. 

Toasted Sister Podcast

Hosted by: Andy Murphy, Navajo
Produced by: Native Voice One
Supported by: Koahnic Broadcast Corporation
More at: Toasted Sister Podcast website and here
Listen at: Navajo Technical University’s KCZY radio station, RIVR on Saturday and Sunday, Soundcloud, Apple Podcasts, Podcast Addict, Stitcher

Multimedia journalist Andi Murphy turned her passion for food into a podcast talking about Indigenous foodways, knowledge and Indigenosu cuisine. She was a food writer and a photographer. 

Woman of Size

Host: Jana Schmieding
More at: https://www.womanofsize.com/ or Facebook
Twitter and Instagram: @WomanOfSizePod
Listen at: Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Listen Notes, Podtail, WhoHaha, Player FM

It’s pretty straightforward for this podcast: Jana talks to others about their bodies. That includes how we think about our bodies, how society portrays it, it’s impact on us, and more. Jana spoke with multimedia storyteller Taté Walker in one of the podcasts. 

21st Century Native Leaders

Host: Peter Deswood III
More at: Facebook
Twitter: @21centn8vleader
Listen at: Apple Podcast, Spotify, Podbean, Listen Notes, Player FM, Podchaser, Bluburry Podcasting

Peter Deswood III brings light to Indian Country by sharing stories of Native leaders in all disciplines, from government to law to education. They talk about their challenges, recommendations, daily inspirations, and life lessons they learned.

Nomadcast

Host: Moose and Jason
More at: http://nomadcast.buzzsprout.com/
Twitter: @NomadcastShow
Listen at: Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Play

In the most recent bi-weekly podcast, Moose talks about his battle against cancer. Rough. But the duo tries their best to build a bridge or “bring Native America to the world and the world to Native America.” 

Unreserved

Host: Rosanna Deerchild
Produced by: CBC Radio
Listen at: Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, Player FM, Podbean, Listen Notes, Podtail, RSS, Native Voice One

Rosanna Deerchild talks about all things Indigenous in Canada on this podcast. In the past few months, Native Voice One said they will air the podcast on their radio waves making it more accessible to Indian Country. 

Coffee & Quaq 

Host: Alice Qannik Glenn, Iñupiaq
Twitter: @AndQuaq
More at: https://www.coffeeandquaq.com
Listen at: Apple Podcasts, Spreaker, iHeartRadio, Player FM

“The mission of Coffee & Quaq is to celebrate, share, and explore the collective experience of contemporary Native life in urban Alaska. Coffee & Quaq aims to incite discussion on topics of interest for young Alaska Native people and bring awareness to the various facets of modern Indigenous life. It's a podcast show for Indigenous people, by Indigenous people to help provide an accurate representation of Alaska Native life in urban and rural settings.” “Quaq is the Iñupiaq word for frozen or raw meat or fish and it is also a verb: to eat frozen or raw meat or fish. Coffee to represent our contemporary and woke side and Quaq to examine our topics through an Alaska Native lens.”

Breakdances with Wolves

Host: Gyasi Ross, Wesley B. Roach, and Minty LongEarth
More at: Facebook
Listen at: Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Soundcloud, Stitcher, Player FM, YouTube, TuneIn

The podcast is on episode 113 and it doesn’t seem like it’s slowing down soon. This group is letting Native America (and the world) know about their opinions. Their latest episode is about fatherhood. 

Non-Native podcasts with Native guests:

“On She Goes” with Robin Maxkii

(Read more about Robin Maxkii: Hacking her way past Google)

Mashup American with Bethany Yellowtail

Mashup American and Bethany Yellowtail
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Jourdan Bennett-Begaye, Diné, is a reporter/producer for Indian Country Today in Washington, D.C. Follow her on Twitter: @jourdanbb. Email: jbennett-begaye@indiancountrytoday.com.

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Thanks for posting the listing of these podcasts Jourdan.



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