Have you listened to the inaugural episode of the Métis In Space (otipêyimisiw-iskwêwak kihci-kîsikohk) podcast yet? We skewer Buffy the Vampire Slayer as we review Season 4, Episode 8, “Pangs”. Don’t worry, we have a segment for our White male listeners called, “Ask a môniyaw”, in case anyone was afraid this show was too Indigenous-centric.
Two otipêyimisiwak sit down with a bottle of wine, watch a Sci-Fi movie/episode and discuss it through an Indigenous lens. Super duper serious, no tongues in any cheeks.
For our White male listeners, we have a segment called, “Ask a Môniyaw”. We didn’t forget about you, promise!
This may be my shortest post yet, but do not despair! I’ve got 50 minutes of jam packed audio to make up for any perceived lack of loquaciousness!
Imagine this: two Métis nerds get together, drink a bottle of wine, watch a Sci-Fi movie or television episode and critique it from an Indigenous perspective. Gold? WHY YES! And gold is exactly what Molly Swain and I are offering.
We think this winning…
In this inaugural episode of otipêyimsiw-iskwêwak kihci-kîsikohk (Métis In Space), Molly and Chelsea review Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 4 Episode 8, “Pangs”.
It’s time. Time to slip on your most comfortable moose-hide moccasins, grab some steaming hot bush tea, and sit down for our inaugural episode of Mètis in Space! Molly Swain and I tackle Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and slay some colonial vampires of our own. Enjoy!
Nelson Grade 6 math textbook, thankfully not a Quebec publisher or we’d never see this representation!
It’s not that all sorts of peoples haven’t been teasing and mocking shit public figures say since forever. The jokes about Ralph Klein, former Premier of Alberta, notorious for getting drunk and wandering into a homeless shelter, where he then threw change at clients there and screamed, “Get a job!” Or when he plagiarized and essay for an online college degree…well, had those jokes been made immediately public, all that kitchen table chatter, it would have easily sparked news reports the way some twitter hashtags do now.
What’s different now, is we get to collaborate, and learn from each other. Sometimes when we call out, we still miss things…and then someone points it out and that light goes on.
Do you realise how much more quickly our youth are learning to recognise and name microaggressions, microinvalidations, and yes even lateral violence? How much more supported our youth are to understand and push back?
A lot of people of my generation felt lost in a fog of isolation, and how many of my peers are gone forever as a result? It’s still happening, at shockingly high rates…and so much more needs to be done…
But social media is giving people a wider community to tap into, and when it comes to understanding, recognising, and addressing the nasty attitudes and the embedded structures that impact us daily, that access is so, so important.
I mean, I feel like NDNz sort of just got this access a few years back, compared to a lot of other groups, and it has linked up academics, artists, activists, Elders, youth, community members and so on…in a way we just didn’t have before.
Not saying it’s all good, you know it gets hairy.
But in terms of immediately addressing Settler BS, wahwa!
Kihtwam itwek, nitotemitik!
Can you imagine picking a First Nation…let’s say the Cree. Picking the Cree and saying, hey guys, I know you have your own language and culture and history, but we need a space for all the people who don’t feel accepted by Settler society and who don’t really have a strong enough connection to another First Nation. You guys don’t mind, right? They’re going to start calling themselves Cree now. Wait, that offends you? What are you, some sort of elitist? Fuck you racist Cree for not letting them use the name and identifying as part of your First Nation! You are replicating colonialism! What? You have specific indigenous laws governing adoption and membership? Who cares! These people need a label for their identity, and you’re it!
That would be pretty outrageous, wouldn’t it? You’d be denying Cree people their distinct identity just so other people could feel part of something.
This is why there is a distinction between big “M” Metis…specific, unique peoples with their own language, culture and history…and little ‘m’ metis, which just means mixed, and can be any mixture at all of native and non-native.
What revolution looks like to me, sovereignty summer schools?
It is so easy to get bogged down by all the problems indigenous peoples face. Poverty, suicide,…
So these arrived today, Tłįcho mittens in white stroud (wool) with smoked tanned white deer hide palms, fleece inserts and rabbit fur trim. They are for my eldest, who now has the same size hands as me…I’m hoping she’ll keep growing and I’ll inherit these!
Tonight I’ll make the pattern for my youngest girl’s mittens. Can’t wait, I love making them!