The Voices of Our People

 

The Voices of Our People is an ongoing Windspeaker Radio series featuring stories from First Nations & Metis People of Alberta

 

 

 

On the debut of Voices of our People,  we're honored to sit down with Tsuut'ina Nation Elder Bruce Starlight, who shares his memories of Christmas, and growing up on the reserve.

 

 

This week, we sit down with respected elder, Alex Crowchild from Tsuut'ina Nation.
Alex shares his memories of growing up on the First Nation, how to respectively approach elders, language preservation and more.

 

 

Tsuut'ina Elder Bruce Starlight shares memories of his grandparents, and the relationship between Tsuu'tina & the Blackfoot people

 

 

Thomas Snow speaks with respected elders Tiena Fox, Alice Kaquitts, and Watson Kaquitts on the Stoney Nakoda Nation in Morley

 

 

This week, we're on the beautiful Piikani Nation just outside Fort McLeod, with beloved elders Mary Ellen Little Mustache & Harley Bastien, where we hear about the Piikani people's relationship with the old man River Valley, Artisian springs, and the very sacred role of the Neera-leaf cottonwood tree's in the area.

 

 

This week, we speak with Butch Wolfleg and Eldon Weaslechild, both from Siksika Nation. Butch and Eldon, along with Stewart Breaker, made history back on February 1 when they broadcast, entirely in Blackfoot, the Western Hockey League game between the Calgary Hitmen and Red Deer Rebels on the Windspeaker Radio Network.  The guys talk about the experience and also the heartwarming reactions the've had from Indigenous people far and wide.

 

 

This week, we’re on location at Red Crow College on the Kainai Nation with Deliah Twig. You''ll hear about the teachings, wisdom and designs surrounding Teepees and more!

 

 

This week, we hear from Siksika Nation's Hayden Melting Tallow.  Hayden shares his memories of growing up in Siksika, living in Calgary, and being a fan of film 

 

 

This week,  we sit down with Jeanette Starlight, from Tsuut’ina Nation.  Jeanette discusses the importance of language, teaching it to our young people, and the energy that comes with doing that.

 

 

This week,  we sit down with Knowledge Keepers Sandra Manyfeathers & Henry Big Throat from Kainai Nation, they share stories about their language and Culture.

 

 

We visit with Michif Elder, Marie Schoenthal.   Marie talks about the challenges of growing up in a Metis family,  growing up in the 40s and 50s in rural Saskatchewan, and how only later in life she’s become comfortable sharing her heritage and culture.   

 

 

Livia Manywounds from Tsuut'ina Nation is our featured guest.   Livia is a Rodeo competitor, dancer and journalist.  Livia talks about her parents, their experience at residential school, and the push to learn both the Navajo and Dene languages.

 

 

This week we visit with Edna Bad Eagle and Tobias Provost from Piikani Nation.  They talk about growing up in the powwow and Rodeo circuit, and the importance of learning the language.

 

 

This is part two of our interview with Michif Elder, Marie Schoenthal.  Marie talks about the challenges of growing up in a Metis family,  growing up in the 40s and 50s in rural Saskatchewan, and how only later in life she’s become comfortable sharing her heritage and culture.   

 

 

This week, we feature Elsie Potts from the Alexis Nakoda Sioux Nation in Central Alberta.  Elsie shares her love of the hand drum, challenges she faced growing up, barriers she overcame and learning her traditions.

 

 

On Part two of Voices of our People,  Thomas Snow sits down with respected elders Valentina Fox, Alice Kaquitts, and Watson Kaquitts on the Stoney Nakoda Nation in Morley

 

 

This week, we feature Eldon Weaselchild from Siksika Nation.  In this episode, Eldon talks about learning the Blackfoot Language and his thoughts on Powwow.

 

 

 

 

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