EPISODES

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S2E5: A Mind Spread Out on the Ground by Alicia Elliott. With Guest Host Courtney Skye. This is a book that all Canadians should read. While we dedicate one episode to it, we could have easily discussed these topics for an entire season: from mental illness, poverty and colonialism, to love, art and science. Listen to Courtney’s insightful commentary on a fellow Haudenosaunee writer and academic. This is the first collection of essays that we’ve discussed on the podcast.

MP3. Season 2 Episode 5 A Mind Spread Out on the Ground


S2E4: Tainna: The Unseen Ones by Norma Dunning. With Guest Host Reneltta Arluk. Listen as we explore some important Inuit cultural traditions and ways including ‘living in the now’, why Inuit are so practical, and the importance of ancestors. This is the first short story collection that we’ve discussed on this podcast.

MP3. Season 2 Episode 4 Tainna: The Unseen Ones


S2E3: Empire of Wild by Cherie Dimaline. With Guest Host Celiese Lypka. We had a lot to talk about with this book: what is the Rogarou? What is this author saying about land, connectedness, stories, the Church, forgetting, love and belonging? Have a listen and find out the rich insights provided by Celiese as we discuss this short, but jam-packed book.

MP3. Season 2 Episode 3 Empire of Wild


S2E2: Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasing by Tomson Highway. With Guest Host Drew Hayden Taylor. Drew says, ‘humour is the WD40 of healing’, and there’s a lot of healing that needs to take place with the characters in this play. Drew and Jennifer discuss some difficult topics such as intergenational trauma, violence, misogyny and the impacts of colonialism. Listen as we wrestle with these conflicting and difficult topics, with humour of course. And we talk about how this story starts with, and comes around again to the trickster.

Mp3. Season 2 Episode 2 Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasing


S2E1: The Strangers by Katherena Vermette. With Guest Host Jaime Morse. We discuss this sweeping saga of four generations of Metis women in and around Winnipeg. What is passed down with intergenerational trauma? What is lost? How do these women maintain their kinship bonds, and remember their history and tell their stories? It’s a powerful, evocate read that brings out many emotions.

Mp3. Season 2 Episode 1 The Strangers


S1E10: Lee Maracle Retrospective. With Guest Hosts Armand Garnet Ruffo and Tanya Talaga. Indigenous peoples everywhere were shocked to learning of Lee Maracle’s death in November, 2021. In this special episode, we tell stories, laugh, and remember Lee Maracle, her powerful voice and how her legacy in words and stories will live on to inspire future generations.

MP3. Season 1 Episode 10 Lee Maracle Retrospective


S1E9: The Lesser Blessed by Richard Van Camp. With Guest Host Leela Gilday. A seminal coming-of-age story, set in the Northwest Territories. Join us as we discuss the importance of listening to northern voices, loss, memory, suffering, and those funny, poignant, awkward and touching teenage moments.

MP3. Season 1 Episode 9 The Lesser Blessed


S1E8: Seven Fallen Feathers by Tanya Talaga. With Guest Host Willow Fiddler. This book is important reading if you want to understand the impacts of colonial policies that culminated in the deaths of seven young people in Thunder Bay. We talk about anti-Indigenous racism, the realities of life for young people in northwestern Ontario, and the search for justice to ensure there will be no more ‘fallen feathers’.

MP3. Season 1. Episode 8 Seven Fallen Feathers



S1E7: Jonny Appleseed by Joshua Whitehead. With Guest Host Rosanna Deerchild. Listen as we talk about the importance of the Indigiqueer voice, how we make a home wherever we are, the importance of stories, and the graphic sexual elements of the book that, as our guest host said, ‘made this auntie blush.’

MP3. Season 1. Episode 7 Jonny Appleseed



S1E6: Burning in this Midnight Dream by Louise Bernice Halfe. With Guest Host Janet Rogers. We talk about the beauty and power of poetry and how the author, as the Parliamentary Poet Laureate, is exposing the truths and amplifying the voices of Indigenous peoples and experiences, especially about residential schools.

MP3. Season 1, Episode 6 Burning in this Midnight Dream


S1E5: Split Tooth by Tanya Tagaq. With Guest Host Alethea Arnequq-Baril. This truly genre-defying book inspired discussions around Inuit storytelling, colonialism, the author’s immense talents and the importance of an Inuit voice in literature. 

MP3. Season 1, Episode 5 Split Tooth


S1E4: Medicine Walk by Richard Wagamese. With Guest Host Duncan McCue. The late author’s novel is a beautifully written story with many important themes and threads. Listen as we talk about connections to the land, culture, the power of stories, and father/son dynamics.

MP3. Season 1, Episode 4 Medicine Walk



S1E3: Return of the Trickster by Eden Robinson. With Guest Host Cherie Dimaline. Listen as we discuss this much-anticipated third book in the Trickster Trilogy. We talk about the importance of laughter, the strength of kinship bonds, Jared as the anti-hero trickster and the awesome imagination of Eden Robinson.

MP3. Season 1, Episode 3 Return of the Trickster



S1E2: Halfbreed by Maria Campbell.  With Guest Host Gregory Scofield. We talk about this seminal autiobiography/memoir, widely acknowledged as one of the earliest books in the Indigenous literature canon in Canada. For many readers, it was the first introduction to a personal account of life as a Métis in western Canada. We discuss how the book was recently re-released to include a previously deleted sexual assault scene and we delve into how this story impacted us.

MP3. Season 1, Episode 2 Halfbreed


S1E1: Why Indigenous Literatures Matter by Daniel Heath Justice. Welcome to the Storykeepers podcast with Waubgeshig Rice and Jennifer David. We talk about what literature means to us, why we wanted to launch this podcast and, of course, why Indigenous literatures matter.

MP3. Season 1, Episode 1 Why Indigenous Literatures Matter


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Storykeepers podcast is available on Apple, Spotify and everywhere you find your favourite podcasts.