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THE ʔASQANAKI PODCAST: "I SEE YOU" - TRANS SOLIDARITY WITH G.R. GRITT

Photo of hands and bitterroot credit: Dr. Christopher Horsethief 

 Background: an image of many hands holding bitterroot with a graphic of a sound wave and mountains overlaid. The text reads “The ʔasqanaki Podcast with Smokii Sumac Special Guest: G.R. Gritt smokiisumac.com/g-r-gritt”. Foreground: a photo of G.R. Gritt an Anishinaabe/Métis non-binary person who is looking over their right shoulder toward the camera. They have black facial hair and are wearing a black cap, black t-shirt and a warm coloured floral jacket.

In episode 5 Smokii is joined by Juno award winning Anishinaabe/Métis musician,  G.R. Gritt.  Smokii and G.R. discuss Indigenous joy, honouring and connecting to our ancestors and finding their voice post-hormone therapy. G.R. Gritt shares their songs “Ancestors” and “Quiet Years”. 

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Design: Krystal Strong
Photo credit: Jen Squires

Photo of hands and bitterroot credit: Dr. Christopher Horsethief 

Content: explicit language and conversations about being two spirit and transgender, gender-affirming therapy, testosterone therapy, voice changes, singing, alcohol addiction, recovery, music, networking, connection, cultural teachings, ceremony, prayer, changes in personal relationships since “coming out,” memory, and memory loss, the difference support makes, transphobia, homophobia,  ableism, enfranchisement, cultural belonging, colonization, and “the quiet years” when our languages, songs, and stories weren’t being shared.

Episode Credits

Thank you to our guest, G.R. Gritt, who is also the sound designer, audio engineer and editor for the show. This episode was recorded at the Root Down Studio in Toronto.

Thank you, also, to our Producer Krystal Strong of Osum Artist Management.

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Guest Bio

A photo of G.R. Gritt an Anishinaabe/Métis non-binary person who is looking over their right shoulder toward the camera. They have black facial hair and are wearing a black cap, black t-shirt and a warm coloured floral jacket.

Photo credit: Jen Squires

G.R. Gritt's journey as an artist has been marked by a relentless pursuit of truth and authenticity. Their music serves as a platform for self-exploration, healing, and a powerful tool for reclaiming Indigenous identity and challenging colonial narratives. By fearlessly addressing themes of colonization, environmental justice, and personal transformation, G.R. Gritt has become a beacon of strength and resilience for all of the communities they are a part of. G.R. Gritt's music is a powerful testament to the fortitude of Indigenous and queer peoples, a call for unity and healing, and a celebration of the power of art to transform lives.

their support was everything

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We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.

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