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THE ʔASQANAKI PODCAST: "SINCE I WAS A CHILD" - TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION WITH MIESHA LOUIE

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: Miesha Louie smokiisumac.com/miesha-louie”. Foreground: a b&w photo of Miesha Louie a mixed-Secwépemc woman who is playing guitar and singing into a microphone with her eyes closed. She has bangs and long hair and is wearing a black tank top.

In episode 6 Smokii is joined by Secwépemc musician and Smokii's hometown hero Miesha Louie.  Smokii and Meisha discuss being of mixed ancestry and the legacy of residential schools. Miesha shares the songs “Mixed Blood Girls” and “Dig Me Out”.

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Design: Krystal Strong
Photo credit: Sebastian Buzzalino

Photo of hands and bitterroot credit: Dr. Christopher Horsethief 

Content: explicit language and conversations about being a “mixed blood girl,” covid19, being a mom of twins, anti-Indigenous racism, colourism, impacts of colonization, effects of residential school, personal stories of the residential school experience, mixed identities, internalized racism, disenfranchisement, bill C-31, party songs, motherhood, the labour of  truth and reconciliation, orange shirts, and the news of the 215 unmarked graves at Kamloops Indian Residential school.

Episode Credits

Thank you to our guest, Miesha Louie, and to Michael Ayotte at the National Music Centre in Calgary, for recording the episode.

Thank you, also, 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

A black and white photo of Miesha Louie a mixed-Secwépemc woman who is playing guitar and singing into a microphone with her eyes closed. She has bangs and long hair and is wearing a black tank top and animal print bottoms.

Photo credit: Sebastian Buzzalino

Where have all the riot grrrls gone? You ask – Miesha & The Spanks answer. If you’ve got a yearning for flashy yet classic hard rock, look no further – this Calgary-based duo has the guitar hero-worshiping, face melting, whisky belting sound that you’ve been seeking.

A modern singer/guitarist and beloved fixture on the local scene, frontwoman Miesha Louie is the integral driving force behind Miesha & The Spanks. A mixed-Secwépemc artist living in Treaty 7 Territory, she’s devoted her entire career to inventing and playing instrumentally brilliant melodies that unleash her passions and her full-throated vocal tones.

As a result, Miesha & The Spanks have become a tighter and more muscular version of themselves with each new release. Miesha’s solos are as quintessentially rock as they come. Her anarchic, femme-powered vibes causing audiences to erupt in devil-horn-raising celebration of razor-sharp hooks delivered with fire and flare.

i do have something to say

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

“I Do Have Something to Say a found poem from the transcripts of our episode on The ʔasqan
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