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THE ʔASQANAKI PODCAST: "I WALK INTO THE WATER” - WATER CEREMONIES AND MATRIARCHY WITH JANELLE SILVERWOLF

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: Janelle Silverwolf smokiisumac.com/janelle-silverwolf”. Foreground: a photo of Janelle Silverwolf a Nisga’a woman who looking to the side. She has long brown hair and is wearing red lipstick, a black turtleneck and beaded earrings.

Design: Krystal Strong
Photo credit: Janelle Silverwolf

Photo of hands and bitterroot credit: Dr. Christopher Horsethief 

In episode 4 Smokii is joined by Nisga’a writer, Janelle Silverwolf. Janelle and Smokii talk about grief ceremonies and matriarchy, and Janelle shares unpublished pieces, including a beautiful poem "Warrior Women: A letter to my Daughter" which touches on themes of #mmiw (missing and murdered Indigenous women)

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Content: matriarchy, missing and murdered Indigenous women,  grief, ceremony, vigils, writing, personal stories of death, Highway 16-the highway of tears, hitchhiking, cultural roles, Elders, life transitions, mentions of the pandemic, the weight of cultural responsibilities, remembering, medication and side effects, relationships to water and water teachings, cleaning off, letting go, prayer, and cultural medicines. 

Episode Credits

Thank to our guest Janelle Silverwolf and to Keon at Just Music in Cranbrook, BC,  for the session.

Thank you to our team, Sound Designer, Audio Engineer and Editor Greyson Gritt of Minotan Music Inc. and Producer Krystal Strong of Osum Artist Management.

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Guest Bio

Background: Tall grasses and a body of water. Foreground: a photo of Janelle Silverwolf a Nisga’a woman who looking to the side. She has long brown hair and is wearing red lipstick, a black turtleneck and beaded earrings.

Photo credit: Janelle Silverwolf

Janelle Silverwolf is a Nisga’a woman from the house of Nagwau’un, of Laxgalts’ap, BC. She is an educator, beader, facilitator, writer, and Auntie advocate for Indigenous voices and success. She is currently working with the University of British Columbia as a Specialist in Strategic Indigenous Enrolment Initiatives. Her many years of experience in educational institutions and Indigenous communities have always been grounded by her artistic expression, cultural and family teachings. Art and culture are the roots that hold her up in Institutional work. She uses her writing and beadwork to tell stories of knowledges passed down, witnessed and earned.


The creation of artistic pieces is her way of sharing her medicine with community.

wALK INTO THE WATER

A found poem from the transcripts of our episode on The ʔasqanaki Podcast

“Walk Into the Water” a found poem from the transcripts of our episode on The ʔasqanaki Po
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