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Howling Coyote

Howling Coyote

By Lewis Mehl-Madrona
Our focus is to bring indigenous perspectives into the modern world, to promote two-eyed seeing, to decolonize psychology and medicine, and to generally nip at everyone and have a howling good time.
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Interview with Louise Harding about Indigenous Theories of Mind

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Interview with Alayna Hall
Alayna Hall is a Maori woman, scholar, and researcher who is exploring stories as Indigenous research methodology, particularly related to attachment.  She is challenging the Eurocentric models of attachment as developed by Ainsworth and Bowlby and presenting uniquely Maori models of attachment.  It's exciting work.
August 31, 2022
Interview with Louise Harding about Indigenous Theories of Mind
Louise is part of a research group at the University of British Columbia, exploring Indigenous Theories of Mind.
August 31, 2022
Interview with Linda Tuhiwa Smith
Linda is a Maori women who wrote the book on Indigenous Methodologies.  She is awesome and you will love this interview!
August 31, 2022
Interview with Dr. Raja Selvam.
He just published a book, Guide to Integral Somatic Psychology. We discuss emotions and the body.
July 31, 2022
Glenn Aparicio Parry
Glenn is the Director of the Center for Original Thinking in Albuquerque, NM.  He has a long history of creating dialogue with North American Indigenous people and he shares some of that dialogue. He is the author of Original Thinking and Original Politics and is at work on his newest book, Original Love.
July 20, 2022
The Concept of Belonging with Sarah Wright
The Concept of Belonging with Sarah Wright, Professor of Geography at the University of New Castle in New South Wales, Australia.
June 29, 2022
Part 1, Decolonizing mental health with Patrick McFarlane
Here is the first part of Patrick McFarlane's discussion with colleagues at Memorial University, Newfoundland, on decolonization and mental health practices.
June 29, 2022
Decolonization of mental health, part 2
Here is the second part of Patrick McFarlane's discussion with colleagues at Memorial University, Newfoundland, on decolonization and mental health practices.
June 29, 2022
Interview with Thorben Simonsen on Healing Architecture
Thorben is a Professor at the Institute of Technology in Copenhagen and writes about healing architecture.  It was a great conversation and I think you will enjoy it!
June 08, 2022
Interview with Moffat Osoro
Check out my interview with Moffat Osoro from Nairobi, Kenya, who has created a medical and birthing clinic in a poor area of Nairobi incorporating traditional Kenyan practices into their care. It's called the Fremo Medical and Birth Centre and you can reach him at or He is always in need of resources and visiting midwives and doctors. Anyone who wishes to donate or visit should email him or contact Laurel Morrow at Midwife Pilgrim in Vermont.
June 01, 2022
Interview with Ron Unger regarding Psychotherapy and Psychosis
   Ron and I discuss the psychotherapy of psychosis, both from a CBT and narrative perspective. We lead this into larger cultural issues of how our culture should change to accommodate healing better.  
May 26, 2022
Interview with Jen Rowett, Faculty at University of New Brunswick in Counselling and champion of two-eyed seeing.
We discuss decolonizing research, health care, and being coyotes nipping at the heals of the mainstream from the shadows of the margins.
May 12, 2022
Understanding Bipolar Disorder
I present my views on bipolar disorder -- its definition, treatment, and alternatives.
April 20, 2022
Understanding Prescribing Psychiatric Medications 2
This is the conclusion of last week's presentation about how I view prescribing psychiatric medications.  Discussion is welcome.
April 13, 2022
Understandng Psychiatric Prescribing 1
My podcast guest rescheduled at the last moment, so I thought why not share my thoughts about psychiatric prescribing.  So that's exactly what I'm doing.  I will appreciate comments from others and further discussion.
April 13, 2022
Walter Lindstone and Indigenous Research
Walter is an Implementation Specialist with the Aboriginal Unit of the  Center for Addictions and Mental Health in Toronto, Canada's largest  such hospital. He's become interested as I am in two-eyed seeing with regards to Indigenous healing -- what constitutes evidence and how do we interact with the mainstream medical community and their beliefs about evidence. See where we go with this discussion! 
March 31, 2022
March 2022 discussion on the concept of two-eyed seeing
This talk provides an introduction to the concept and grounds many of our other discussions and episodes
March 30, 2022
Interview with Ruby Gibson
Lakhota woman, Dr. Ruby Gibson, based in Rapid City, South Dakota, at  Freedom Lodge, talks about her work with Somatic Archaeology with  Indigenous People for healing historical trauma. She's quite inspiring.
February 20, 2022
Therapeutic Storytelling: Teaching altruism and concern for others.
I present a program on how traditional stories teach altruism and concern for others, which we so desperately need these days.
February 17, 2022
Interview with Dr. Lijoi: Narrative Medicine
This is my interview with Dr. Lijoi about his work with narrative medicine, his training activities with resident physicians, and his sense of what's what in family medicine today.
February 16, 2022
Interview with Lisa Sockabasin
Lisa is the co-CEO of Wabanaki Public Health and Wellness.  She discusses her vision for improving the health and wellness of Maine's indigenous people, the need for decolonizing employment, and the importance of bringing indigenous values into everything that we do.        
January 27, 2022
Bob Vetter tells the story of the Peacemaker
This is a short recording of my colleague, Bob Vetter, telling the story of the Peacemaker.
January 23, 2022
Interview with Siseko Kumalo
Siseko Kumalo is a South African philosopher at the University of Fort Hare who writes about decolonization, democratic violence, and epistemic genocide.  It was a fascinating conversation and his work is worth reading.  
January 20, 2022
Patrick McFarlane on Decolonizing Ourselves and Medicine
Patrick McFarlane, my colleague and social worker, nurse practitioner  (psychiatric and family), and graduate student at Memorial University in  St. Johns, Newfoundland, talks about his own process of decolonization  and the need to decolonize health care in general.
January 08, 2022
Repeat of Interview of Eduardo Duran from 24 December 2021, since I uploaded the wrong video.
I am redoing my upload of the end of December, which is my interview with Eduardo Duran, since I apparently uploaded the wrong file.  I'll blame it on Christmas distractions.
January 05, 2022
Interview with Francesca Panzironi, CEO of ANTAC
As an immigrant to Australia, Francesca noted that its aboriginal cultural healers were largely invisible to most Australians and to the world.  She set out to make their presence more obvious and in the process has created an organization to support traditional cultural healers to practice their craft in Australia.  Lewis interviews her to learn more about how this happened and what the organization is currently doing.  We finish with some more philosophical discussions about healing.
December 30, 2021
Part 3, Psychosis, Visions, and Indigeneity
Discussions between Lewis and Allister Bush, psychiatrist at Maori Mental Health Services in New Zealand
December 19, 2021
Part 2 of Lewis and Allister Bush's discussions about psychiatry, voices, visions, and indigeneity
We finish the discussion we started last week.  Still, this is more personal than I usually venture.  Allister assures me again that our critical colleagues will not listen and there is much to gain from telling my experiences in case they could benefit others. I hope so.
December 12, 2021
Two Psychiatrists discuss visions and psychiatry and indigeneity
Allister Bush, a psychiatrist who works with Maori Mental Health Services in New Zealand and Lewis Mehl-Madrona, a psychiatrist who has worked extensively with North American indigenous people discuss their understanding of visions, spirit visitations, and voices.  Allister is interviewing Lewis mostly and it's a deeply personal interview for Lewis, but Allister reassured him that no conventional psychiatrist would ever listen to his podcast and he might as well speak his truth, so here it is....
December 12, 2021
Interview with Margie Mete about Cultural Revitalization in Kodiak, Alaska
Margie speaks about her dissertation research at the University of Alaska -- Fairbanks on Cultural Revitalization among the Aleutiq people of Kodiak, Alaska, where she teaches nursing at the University of Alaska -- Anchorage, Kodiak branch. It's a cool study that we think everyone will enjoy.
December 01, 2021
Interview with Donald Fixico
This is my interview with one of our heroes, Donald Fixico, who is the author of American Indian Mind in a Linear World.  He speaks about this book and his more current work.
November 24, 2021
Decolonizing Mental Health, Presentation at the American Anthropological Association annual meeting, Baltimore, 17 November 2021
This is my presentation from the American Anthropology Association's annual meeting in Baltimore for 2021 on decolonizing mental health.
November 18, 2021
Interview with Dan Janik and Zachary Olivery about capitalism's role in health care and education
Dan Janik is a physician and Zachary Oliver an educator who have thought long about capitalism's influence on what we do in health care and in education.  We have a conversation on these topics.  Dan is also the star of a new movie, The Static Movie, in which he plays a man afflicted with Alzheimer's Disease.  It's an amazing movie and I encourage you to watch it.
November 10, 2021
Interview with Dr. Georgina Stewart, Professor of Maori Philosophy
Dr. Stewart teaches at the Auckland University of Technology in New Zealand and discusses her work and views about Maori philosophy.
November 03, 2021
Decolonizing Medicine
This is a talk I gave to a psychiatry department in Glasgow, Scotland.  
October 20, 2021
Interview with Rebekah Sinclair about Indigenous Logic
Rebekah Sinclair is a philosophy professor at Oregon State University and writes about indigenous logic.  She is also interested in the philosophy of biology. We have an interesting conversation on these and other topics.
October 17, 2021
Lewis interviews Juan Rodriguez, an indigenous faculty member at the University of New Brunswick, about his work on indigenous thought.
Juan has created some fascinating ways to teach people about indigenous thought and two-eyed seeing using what he calls a relatuhedron.  It's a fascinating concept and worth hearing. He's studied two-eyed seeing in relation to poverty and social development and we discuss some of that, too.
October 13, 2021
Episode 1,6 -- Lewis Interviews anthropologist Bob Vetter about the Therapeutic Use of Stories
Bob and I talk about stories and their therapeutic use, primarily in the sense of healing, which we try to define.  This is very much a beginning of trying to understand stories and their power and we'd appreciate comments, additions, disagreements, etc.
October 09, 2021
Episode 1.5: Lewis Interviews Carl Mika about Maori Philosophy of Interconnectedness.
Carl Mika is Professor of Maori Studies at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand.  We have a conversation about interconnectedness, indigenous philosophy, language, and more.
October 06, 2021
Talking about Medicine for Ceremony and making Maine's indigenous people more visible
During this podcast, Lewis interviews two family medicine resident physicians who have taken his Medicine for Ceremony rotation.  One went to a sundance with him in Western New York and the other toured indigenous communities in Maine and learned about the activities of Wabanaki Public Health.  They discuss their experiences and also we talk about what contemporary medicine can learn from indigenous cultures and explore some of the sources for indigenous resilience.
September 29, 2021
Howling Coyote Episode 3 Interview with Justin Pack
Justin is Professor of Philosophy at Cal State - Stanislaus and has written two books on Thoughtlessness as well as papers on indigenous philosophy, particularly influenced by Vine Deloria, Jr. and Wildcat.  He talks about the influence of Hannah Arendt and Martin Heidegger on his thought and the failure of modernism as well as how important indigenous philosophy is for the world as a whole.  Particularly we discuss the idea of locality.
September 15, 2021
Episode 2. Two-Eyed Seeing
This is my introduction to the concept of Two-Eyed Seeing, introduced by Eskasoni First Nations Elder Albert Marshall in 2004.
September 12, 2021
Lewis Mehl-Madrona interviews Wiramu Nia Nia and Alister Bush about collaborative indigenous mental health care in New Zealand.
Wiremu is a traditional Maori cultural healer and Allister is a conventionally trained psychiatrist.  They work together in Maori Mental Health Services near Wellington, New Zealand.  This interview is about how they learned to respect each others' perspectives and work collaboratively.
August 22, 2021