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The power of transformation

This week on Unreserved, how Indigenous artists are transforming their work, their bodies and their spirits.

Drag queen drops 500 pounds, beats Taylor Swift on Billboard dance chart

Vizin, who is from the Arikara Tribe in North Dakota, has been doing drag since she was a young boy, dressing up and playing with make-up. After losing 500 pounds a few years ago she found her persona and her voice. Her single, "You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)" debuted ahead of Taylor Swift on the Billboard dance club song charts.

'Peeling bark off a birch tree': Indigenous teaching helps Gwen Benaway through her sex reassignment surgery

Anishinaabe and Métis poet Gwen Benaway always knew something about the body she was born into wasn't right. “I really felt like the first 28 years of my life I was living a lie,” said Benaway. “I knew something was wrong the whole time … I was living in the wrong gender.”

'You could feel it in your veins, like how cold it was': Using paint and selfies to cope with chemo

After being diagnosed with Stage III breast cancer when she was just 24, Lauren Sylliboy said the enormity of her illness didn't hit her right away. But exactly 14 days after her first chemotherapy treatment, that changed. Her hair started falling out and Sylliboy said she looked in the mirror and realized her illness was showing.

Poet Jordan Abel used scissors to deconstruct racism in western novels

Western novels were one of the first places Nisga’a poet Jordan Abel encountered representations of Indigenous peoples. His new collection of poetry won the 2017 Griffin Poetry Prize and used a unique process to rearticulate the stereotypes common in westerns.

Life after A Tribe Called Red: Ian Campeau focused on farming, family and moving forward

Not many people walk away from a band at the height of its popularity, but that's exactly what Ian Campeau, a former member of A Tribe Called Red did. In October 2017, Campeau announced he was leaving the band in a tweet.

Ian Campeau picks favourite tunes from William Prince, Beyoncé, Leikeli47 and A Tribe Called Red

Even though Ian Campeau is no longer producing music, he’s still keeping his finger on the pulse of new music.

Let's talk about sex, neechi: From art and erotic poetry, to sexual health and Tinder profiles

From fetish masks and beaded vulva buttons, to erotic poetry and Tinder profiles, this week on Unreserved we're talking about some things that just might make you blush.

A beaded vulva? That's one way to open up discussion about sexual health

Artist Brit Ellis combines her training as a social worker and counsellor with her beadwork. She wants her beaded vulvas to open up discussions about health issues.

#IndianLovePoems: Tenille Campbell's dating life served as inspiration for poetry collection

Fresh off a break-up, poet Tenille Campbell entered a world of online dating she was not familiar with. “I just went out and started flirting, dating, sexing, and having one night stands,” said Campbell. “I’d be calling up my girlfriends the next day being like, ‘Sit down I have a story.’”

'The most native BDSM thing ever': Dayna Danger's fetish masks challenge Indigenous sexuality taboos

Artist Dayna Danger's work has been taking the art world by storm, smashing taboos about Indigenous sex and sensuality along the way. One of her recent collections took inspiration from BDSM fetish masks, which are typically used for sex acts involving bondage, domination and submission.

Sexual Reawakening: Indigenous youth leading new sexual revolution, says researcher

From rejecting modern labels of sexual identity to participating in traditional coming-of-age ceremonies, Indigenous youth are redefining and reclaiming sexuality.

Voices from the past: Musician Jeremy Dutcher gives new life to wax cylinder recordings of his ancestors

Jeremy Dutcher’s new album reaches across generations to a nearly forgotten history and brings ancestral voices back to life. Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa, or Our Maliseets Songs, started as a seed planted by one of his elders more than five years ago.

'Indianthusiasts': Uncovering Germany's obsession with First Nation culture

For years, Ojibway author and playwright Drew Hayden Taylor heard that some Germans are so fascinated by First Nation culture that they throw festivals similar to powwows. There is even a name for Germans obsessed with First Nation culture: Indianthusiasts.

Speaking Ojibwe an 'act of defiance' says 19-year-old language teacher

Aandeg Muldrew, 19, is the University of Manitoba’s youngest sessional instructor, teaching Introductory Ojibwe.

Lost and found: Indigenous music, culture, language and artifacts

From finding traditional songs at a museum thought to be lost, to uncovering a country's obsession with First Nation culture, to repatriating lost cultural objects, this week on Unreserved we explore the theme of lost and found.

Could you survive a zombie apocalypse on the rez?

Would you survive a zombie apocalypse? How about if you were living on the rez? That’s the topic of a panel discussion at this year’s Indigenous Comic Con in Albuquerque, N.M., hosted by the co-creators of the website A Tribe Called Geek.
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What would Superman look like if he was a Cree girl?

Winnipeg Indigenous filmmaker Sonya Ballantyne has always been drawn to the stories of superheroes because she sees parallels between their stories and the experiences of Indigenous people.

Indigenous trailblazers: legendary musicians, up and coming acts carving a path in the arts

Earlier this year, Rosanna was invited to the Megaphono Festival in Ottawa, to host a panel called Indigenous Trailblazers: Carving Paths Through Tradition.

From a school science fair to a career in STEM, Siobhan Dooley comes by her nerdiness naturally

Siobhan Dooley's childhood love of The Magic School Bus and Bill Nye The Science Guy led her to a career in STEM.
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Indiginerds rising: 'Nerds and geeks were marginalized, just like Indigenous people'

Culture columnist Jesse Wente isn't surprised by the connection between Indigenous nerds and nerd culture. "I think there's a natural attraction for folks that are absent or have been historically absent from popular culture, that they would gravitate toward where more marginalized people would tend to gather."

Zombies, superheroes, and STEM: Indiginerds unite!

From reimagining Superman as a Cree woman, to securing the rez for a potential zombie apocalypse, to promoting Indigenous people in STEM — this week’s show is all about Indiginerds!

Wolf Saga draws on surprising musical influences to create his electro-pop sound

Wolf Saga is the brainchild of Indigenous musician Johnny Saga, who is more influenced by the likes of David Bowie and Duran Duran, than traditional Indigenous music.

He's bringing Mohawk back: Musician Logan Staats wins first episode of CTV's The Launch

Musician Logan Staats from Six Nations of the Grand River Territory is fresh off his win on The Launch, a new TV show that gives Canadian singers a shot at stardom. His first single hit the top spot on iTunes in Canada, beating tracks by Ed Sheeran and Justin Timberlake.

Not just pow wow: the many genres and voices of Indigenous music

From rock, to soul, to electro pop, this week on Unreserved we explore the many genres and voices of Indigenous music.

Indigenous trailblazers: legendary musicians, up and coming acts carving a path in the arts

Earlier this year, Rosanna was invited to the Megaphono Festival in Ottawa, to host a panel called Indigenous Trailblazers: Carving Paths Through Tradition.

Life after A Tribe Called Red: Ian Campeau focused on farming, family and moving forward

Not many people walk away from a band at the height of its popularity, but that's exactly what Ian Campeau, a former member of A Tribe Called Red did. In October 2017, Campeau announced he was leaving the band in a tweet.

Ian Campeau picks favourite tunes from William Prince, Beyoncé, Leikeli47 and A Tribe Called Red

Even though Ian Campeau is no longer producing music, he’s still keeping his finger on the pulse of new music.

Voices from the past: Musician Jeremy Dutcher gives new life to wax cylinder recordings of his ancestors

Jeremy Dutcher’s new album reaches across generations to a nearly forgotten history and brings ancestral voices back to life. Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa, or Our Maliseets Songs, started as a seed planted by one of his elders more than five years ago.

'Indianthusiasts': Uncovering Germany's obsession with First Nation culture

For years, Ojibway author and playwright Drew Hayden Taylor heard that some Germans are so fascinated by First Nation culture that they throw festivals similar to powwows. There is even a name for Germans obsessed with First Nation culture: Indianthusiasts.
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