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masinahikan iskwêwak – Book Women Podcast

masinahikan iskwêwak – Book Women Podcast

By Masinahikan Iskwêwak
A podcast where three Métis aunties
figure out how to publish, edit, and write
Indigenous stories. This podcast is by and for Indigenous peoples who have an interest in editing, publishing, and writing Indigenous stories. The hope is to inspire Indigenous peoples to share their stories in whatever medium that they enjoy.

Yes, storytelling occurs in a variety of mediums like: podcasting (naturally), burlesque, books, comics, social media, articles, listicles, video, music, and everything in between.
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Season 3 Episode 7 - ILSA Conference with Tenille Campbell
We're back! We took some time to do some summer things in the summer time. This is our first live recording with video via an online conference! And we got to spend time with the brilliant and sexy poet Tenille Campbell. We chat about her latest collection of poetry, nedí nezų (Good Medicine), sexy time tips, and the DMs that never leave.  This author chat was part of the ILSA Conference, that happened in June 2021. More info about the conference here. More info on Tenille Campbell can be found on her website, Instagram @sweetmoonphoto and you can purchase nedí nezų here. Video version of this chat will be up on our YouTube channel.
July 28, 2021
Season 3 Episode 6 Empire of Wild by Cherie Dimaline
This month we read Empire of Wild by Cherie Dimaline. We chat about rougarous, traditional storytelling and what to do with sexy books on your bookshelves with kids in the house.  Visit Cherie Dimaline's website here, and check out her other books through your local independent bookstore or library! Our next recording will be on June 8th, live with Tenille Campbell at ILSA's virtual gathering. More information about how to join can be found here.
May 25, 2021
Season 3 Episode 5 - Poetry
Here we go again! This time the aunties chat kitchen-style about jaye simpson's poetry collection: it was never going to be okay. As usual, we pull on some threads to talk about important Indigenous themes. Some topics we discuss involve: sex as medicine, healing, foster care, and our Star Wars crushes (naturally).  Order the book through the publisher here: OR! Support your local book stores and libraries. 
April 27, 2021
Season 3 Episode 4 - Graphic Novels
Join us today as we chat about two (very different!) graphic novels! We read “A Girl Called Echo volume 1” by Katherena Vermette, Scott B. Henderson and Donovan Yaciuk and “Dakwakada Warriors” by Cole Pauls. We also touch on a more serious topic, about why we cannot participate in Congress out of respect and in solidarity with the Black Canadian Studies Association (BCSA). We will still be participating in a virtual event hosted by ILSA. We also chat about pestilence ponies, the legitimacy of graphic novels and the impact of Fern Gully and Big Foot on provincial politics in Alberta. Links to Books Read: A Girl Called Echo: Dakwakada Warriors:
March 23, 2021
Season 3 Episode 3 - Indigenous Children's Books
This week we discuss three Indigenous children’s books. They are: What’s My Superpower? By Aviaq Johnston, The Walrus Who Escaped by Rachel and Sean Qitsualik-Tinsley and Elisapee and Her Baby Seagull by Nancy Mike. Links to Stuff Mentioned: Inhabit Media: which published all three of today’s books Glass Book Shop in Edmonton: they sent all of us our books for each episode Audrey’s Books in Edmonton: another excellent independent bookstore in Edmonton The Country of Wolves retold by Neil Christopher. A favorite graphic novel of Kayla’s. Iron Dog Books, Indigenous-owned bookstore in Vancouver: Massy Books, Indigenous-owned and operated bookstore in Vancouver: Sponsors We’d Like to Thank: Indigenous Education Initiatives at the Werklund School of Education: Indigenous Literary Studies Associaton (ILSA) Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English (ACCUTE) Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)
February 23, 2021
Season 3 Episode 2 - Split Tooth by Tanya Tagaq
It's book club time! Put on some coffee and join our conversation about Split Tooth by Tanya Tagaq.  Content warning: Readers should know that Split Tooth is a work of staggering beauty and originality that also engages with extremely challenging subjects, including childhood sexual abuse. We have some mental health resources listed on our website. Keep the conversation going! We want to hear what you think. Join us on Twitter - @book_women or @IndigenousLSA. Use the #BookWomen. Email us @BookWomenPodcast at, or by leaving a comment on the book club announcement on our website, We still have some books and some beautiful Indigenous swag to give away, so don't be afraid to let us know what you think!
February 09, 2021
Season 3 Episode 1 - Introducing the Book Club
We're back! With a Book Club! We want YOU to participate so we can give you FREE stuff! Leave us a comment, tweet at us, email us, visit our website. But get your questions or comments in and we will discuss when we discuss our first book, Split Tooth by Tanya Tagaq. Huge thanks to our sponsors this season! ILSA (Indigenous Literary Studies Association) and even bigger thanks to Keavy Martin ACCUTE (Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English) SSHRC (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council) And this is all leading up to Congress, hosted by the University of Alberta (online) May 27 - June 4, 2021. See you in Book Club! #BookWomen
February 02, 2021
Season 2 Episode 13 - Wrap Up!
The season is over! Catch up with your favorite Aunties as we reflect on how we are still surviving and thriving. We chat about our favorite episodes, what we missed and give a sneak peak for Season 3! Thanks to the Edmonton Arts Council for support in making season 2 happen. Links to Stuff Mentioned: Botte Chai Bar in Saskatoon  Edmonton Arts Council - the funders of Season 2 Norma Dunning - also see Season 1, Episode 8 of Book Women Podcast for our interview with her Tipi Confessions - Sexy storytelling with a decolonial lens  Stories of the Road Allowance People - Edited by Maria Campbell Tenille Campbell - Dene/Métis author and photographer from English River First Nation, SK Congress (of the Humanities and Social Sciences) Wîwîp’son - Indigenous Nurturing Therapy in Edmonton, AB Daniel Heath Justice - Why Indigenous Literatures Matter Joshua Whitehead - Johnny Appleseed. Also on the 2021 Canada Reads upcoming on March 8-11. Amanda Boyden - I got the dog
January 26, 2021
Episode 12 - Dion Kaszas
Join us for our last interview of season 3. For this episode, we hang out with Dion Kaszas: a traditional hand tattoo artist. His ancestors, the Nlaka'pamux, use methods like skin stitching and hand poking. We also chat about the effects of colonization, the mind/body connection, and how to reclaim Indigenous traditions. Links to other things we chat about: Earth Line Tattoo:  Dion's Master's Thesis:  Research about Indigenous Tattoo practices: Connect with Dion: Website: Bookings: youTube Channel:
January 21, 2021
Episode 11 - Richard Van Camp
Gather ‘round with us as we join friend of the podcast Richard Van Camp to tell stories about the worst sex talk ever, supernatural destinies and how we’re all coping with the COVID-19 Pandemic. This episode is chock-full of laughs and recommendations about our favourite reads, listens and sexy comics. Tanya and Richard’s sexy comics recommendations: Kiss Me Deadly by Richard Van Camp and Christopher Auchter Sunstone Series by Stjepan Sejic Sex Criminals Series by Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky Smut Peddler Series edited by Various Artists Drawn to Sex Series by Erika Moen and Matthew Nolan Crossplay by Niki Smith Letters for Lucardo by Otava Heikkilä Small Favors: The Definitive Girly Porno Collection by Colleen Coover Patience & Esther: An Edwardian Romance by S.W. Searle Garden of Flesh by Gilbert Hernandez The Less Than Epic Adventures of TJ and Amal by E.K. Weaver SFSX (Safe Sex) by Tina Horn Unnatural by Mirka Andolfo Potential by Ariel Schrag Surviving the City by Tasha Spillett and Natasha Donovan Money Shot by Seeley Beattie, Issacs Russell Crank! Links to other stuff mentioned: Phased Out show on CJSR 88.5 FM in Edmonton and podcast War of the Worlds remake on CBC Gem Gather by Richard Van Camp Where the Rivers Join by Beckylane
January 12, 2021
Season 2 Episode 10 - Kisha Supernant
This week, the aunties hang out with Métis scholar and Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Alberta Dr. Kisha Supernant. We talk: maps, emotional labour, archeology, anthropology, cousins, and more! Connect with her in one of the following ways: Her blog: metisarchaeologist Twitter: @archaeomapper  Email: Other things we chatted about: Archaeologies of the Heart edited by K. Supernant, J.E. Baxter, N. Lyons, and S. Ataly Institute of Prairie and Indigenous Archaeology  Rupertsland Centre for Métis Research CBC Article on Kisha's work with residential school sites
January 05, 2021
Season 2 Episode 9 - Shane Chartrand
Gather around as we share some food for thought with chef Shane Chartrand, author of the book Tawâw: Progressive Indigenous Cuisine. We talk about cooking, being on tv, writing, and learning about and from the land. Also some of our “favorite” foods that we love to get tired of eating. Links to Stuff Mentioned: Tawâw: Progressive Indigenous Cuisine by Shane Chartrand with Jennifer Cockrall-King: Jennifer Cockrall-King: Sean Sherman, founder of The Sioux Chef: Skwachàys Lodge in Vancouver, BC.
December 29, 2020
Season 2 Episode 8 - The Folk Lordz
We take a break from whatever is happening to talk to the Folk Lordz - an improv/digital comedy duo from Edmonton. We chat about cultural protocols, what makes Indigenous storytelling and using real live (but dead) Octopus as puppets. Links to Stuff Mentioned: The Folk Lordz on YouTube: The Folk Lordz website: This includes links to their teaching as well as contact info. Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park: Howie Miller (Todd's Dad!) and Comedian: My Octopus Teacher: Available on Netflix. Diversity in Comedy Sponsorships and Programs: Rapid Fire Theater in Edmonton, Bad Dog Theatre Company in Toronto and Blind Tiger Comedy in Vancouver. Mary's Wedding at the Citadel in Edmonton: currently postponed to December 22, 2020 - January 30, 2021. Nakai Theatre Pivot Festival in Whitehorse, Yukon: The Folk Lordz at the Vancouver Improv Festival:
December 24, 2020
Season 2 Episode 7 - Wyatt Schiefelbein
This week we are chatting about all things music with our friend and colleague Wyatt Schiefelbein, who plays the Métis fiddle! We discuss all things musically inclined, community building and the childhood trauma we still have from horrible piano teachers. Links to Stuff Mentioned: House of Hush Burlesque: RuPaul’s Drag Race: Devil at the Crossroads - documentary about Robert Johnson: Liz Caroll: The Fiddlers of James Bay: Orkney Fiddle Festival: Saltfishforty: John Arcand Fiddle Festival: The Fox Chase by Finbar and Eddie Furey: Wyatt’s email address:, and Twitter @WyGuymYgUY:
December 21, 2020
Season 2 Episode 6 - Data Sovereignty
Just the three of us chatting about Indigenous data sovereignty and what that actually means. Naturally this leads to conversation about Traditional Knowledge, the Open Access movement and salty divorce memoirs. Links to stuff mentioned: An overview of Open Access: Mukurtu: Interview with Amanda Boyden: Amanda Boyden: I got the dog
December 02, 2020
Episode 5 - Josh Languedoc
For this episode, we sip tea with Anishinaabe playwright, theatre artist, improvisor, and educator Josh Languedoc. We chat about connecting to our Indigenous roots, decolonizing screenplays, and Sailor Moon! We also chat about: Josh's play - Rocko and Nakoda: Citadel's Stuck at Home Series:
December 01, 2020
Season 2 Episode 4 - Adrienne Larocque
Gather around as we chat with Adrienne Larocque, the owner and creator of Kihew and Rose; contemporary Indigenous beadwork jewelry. We chat about reclaiming culture, figuring out how to run a business, and fashion school. Links to Stuff Mentioned: Kihew and Rose website: Instagram: Facebook: Hillberg and Berk Blog: Chatelaine magazine article featuring Kihew and Rose: Beazu Wholesale Beads: The Bear Paw Trading Post: Country Beads: Music Credit: Broke for Free - "Something Elated"
November 17, 2020
Season 2 Episode 3 - Josh Morin
Join us as we speak with Josh Morin, the Director of Operations at the Michif Cultural Connections in St. Albert, Alberta. We talk about the importance of family history, honoring our Metis veterans and being modern-day bannock snobs. Links to Stuff Mentioned: Michif Cultural Connections: and their Facebook page: To take Michif language classes please see: Josh's Twitter: Instagram:
November 10, 2020
Season 2 Episode 2 - Skye Durocher
This week we join Skye Durocher, author of Spirits of the Northern Lights, to talk about grief, canceling our uncles, and Indigenous memes. Links to Stuff Mentioned: Skye's Author Page on Facebook:[0]=68. Spirits of the Northern Lights website: To purchase through Friesen  Press: The Mamawi Project: Skye's Twitter profile: Skye's Instagram: Cree Language Challenge Instagram:
November 03, 2020
Season 2 Episode 1 - Catch-up!
We're back! A lot has happened to us (and everyone else) in 2020. Catch up with us as we discuss what each of us has been up to; where we are all living and working right now, and all things going forward. Recorded on September 13, 2020 we discuss Dan Levy and the Indigenous Canada MOOC, books we've been reading, our pets and what we've been up to in COVID times. Links to stuff mentioned: Indigenous Canada MOOC: Sheila Laroque's review of Billy-Ray Belcourt's book: Billy-Ray Belcourt A History of My Brief Body: Sex Criminals Graphic Novel: Sunstone Graphic Novel: Ratched: The Haunting of Hill House: Robin Wall Kimmerer, author of Braiding Sweetgrass and Gathering Moss: Moonshot: The Indigenous Comics Collection: This Place: 150 Years Retold: Glow-Up: Fresh Off the Boat: Schitt's Creek:
October 26, 2020
Episode 13: Métis Aunties Reflect
In our last episode for this season, we dive into our reflections of the project. Specifically, we discuss thoughts going forward, improvements, what we actually learned. We also discuss the importance of paying for work and acknowledge the information given to us from our amazing guests. 
October 02, 2019
Episode 12: Storytelling and Cultural Protocol with Joshua Littlechild
Joshua Littlechild is a member of the Ermineskin Cree Nation at Maskwacis. His heritage is of Cree and Sioux ancestry. In this episode discuss Storytelling practices from different cultures and the Cultural Protocol that surrounds knowledge keeping and transferring.
October 02, 2019
Episode 11: Academic Publishing and Editing with Chris Andersen
This episode we sit down with Dr. Chris Andersen, the current Dean of the Faculty of Native Studies at the University of Alberta. We chat about publishing books and articles as an academic; what a career in the academy means for many first generation Indigenous scholars, and creative non-fiction publishing. 
September 25, 2019
Episode 10: Burlesque Storytelling with Brittany Johnson
Our conversation this week is with Brittany Johnson, a Métis Ph.d  student from the University of Alberta's department of English and Film Studies. She also performs burlesque under the stage name of Fanny LuPhine; and we talk about the ways that burlesque can be one way that stories are told. We also discuss endometriosis, poetry, creative writing, horror movies and country music.
September 18, 2019
Episode 9: Writing Poetry with Marilyn Dumont
This episode we got the chance to speak with Marilyn Dumont, a Cree/Métis poet from North Eastern Alberta. She has written many works, notably: A Really Good Brown Girl, The Pemmican Eaters, and That Tongued Belonging. Marilyn also teaches creative writing in Native Studies and English at the University of Alberta. We discuss the writing process, what it's like to have memories captured in writings, and a lot more!
September 09, 2019
Episode 8: Norma Dunning on Writing Annie Muktuk and Other Stories
Here is our conversation with award-winning author Norma Dunning about her book Annie Muktuk and Other Stories  Please note that this was our first time using Skype for recording, so we hope that the quality of the conversation can help to make up for the quality of the audio.
August 21, 2019
Episode 7: Podcasting with Métis in SPACE SPAce space
An Interview with Chelsea Vowel and Molly Swain, hosts of Métis in Space to chat about storytelling in the podcasting medium. 
August 15, 2019
Episode 6: Predatory Publishing and Cultural Appropriation
What is predatory publishing and what does it have to do with cultural appropriation? It's just us for this episode as we delve into this topic. 
August 09, 2019
Episode 5: Illustrating Picture Books with Gabrielle LaMontagne
An Interview with Gabrielle La Montagne; She shares with us her newest project: A Michif picture book about Lac Ste. Anne.
August 03, 2019
Episode 4: Relating to Research with Paul Gareau
An interview with Paul Gareau about his experiences writing and editing in academia. 
July 17, 2019
Episode 3: Writing Memoirs with Tammy Ball
An interview with Tammy Ball about the book she is currently writing which tells her story of growing up Métis in St. Ambroise, Manitoba. 
July 09, 2019
Episode 2: Making Zines with Ambrose
An Interview with Ambrose Cardinal about his project Nanâtawihiwên, a zine dedicated to Indigenous healing centred around the Medicine Wheel. 
July 01, 2019
Episode 1: Introducing the Book Women!
An introduction to Tanya Ball, Kayla Lar-son and Sheila Laroque; who discuss their publication and writing experience and what this podcast will be about.
June 20, 2019