THE ʔASQANAKI PODCAST
Photo of hands and bitterroot credit: Dr. Christopher Horsethief
ʔasqanaki: to tell two versions of the same story (Ktunaxa)
The ʔasqanaki Podcast by Smokii Sumac honours connections between Indigenous storytellers through the Ktunaxa concept of ʔasqanaki: to tell two versions of the same story. Featuring Indigenous writers like Richard Van Camp and Tenille Campbell, and musicians including Secwepemc rocker Miesha Louie of Miesha and the Spanks, the first season of The ʔasqanaki Podcast explores themes of adoption, gender and sexual diversity, residential schools, reconciliation, and so much more! Tune in to hear Smokii and his guests share stories of how their work came to be, what inspires them to create, and which pieces of their work resonated so deeply with Smokii's experiences that he decided to create a whole show about it!
Honouring Indigenous oral traditions through a modern podcast format, the podcast is a heartfelt journey of Smokii Sumac's self-discovery as an Indigenous adoptee, two-spirit, transgender person, and poet.
Photo credit: Tenille Campbell - Sweetmoon Photography
In this episode Smokii is joined by Cree/Trinadian author, educator and poet, Tasha Spillett. Tasha shares her book I Sang You Down from the Stars. Smokii and Tasha also discuss Indigenous births, babies, bundle keeping and motherhood.
Photo credit: Tasha Spillett
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 Janelle and Smokii talk about grief ceremonies and matriarchy, and Janelle shares unpublished pieces, including a beautiful poem "Warrior Women: A letter to my Daughter" which touches on themes of #mmiw (missing and murdered Indigenous women)
Photo credit: Janelle Silverwolf
EPISODE 6: “Since I was a child”-Truth and Reconciliation with Miesha Louie - COMING DECEMBER 13
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”.
Photo credit: Sebastian Buzzalino
The first episode starts off strong with Tłı̨chǫ “Uncle of Indigenous Literatures” Richard Van Camp. In this episode Richard shares the story “Show Me Yours” from his book The Moon of Letting Go and Smokii and Richard discuss Indigenous literatures, what it means to be a man and honouring ourselves and each other as babies we once were.
Photo credit: William Au
In episode 3 Dene poet and photographer Tenille Campbell joins Smokii to discuss Indigenous sovereignty over our bodies and auntie-hood. Tenille shares her poems “we aren’t all nice aunties” and “thick indigenous women”.
Photo credit: Maki Fotos
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”.
Photo Credit: Jen Squires
EPISODE 7: Indigenous Grief Stories with Christa Couture - COMING DECEMBER 20
In our final episode Smokii is joined by Cree/Scandinavian performing and recording artist, non-fiction writer, filmmaker Christa Couture. Smokii and Christa share their grief stories and Christa reads from her book How to Lose Everything Christa’s song "Hopeless Situation" is also featured on the episode.
Photo credit: Jen Squires