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Hjalmer, Timmy, Tantoo and Rassi: Breaking barriers and healing nations through art
hosted by Rosanna Deerchild
In this episode of Unreserved, Rosanna Deerchild brings two interviews to listeners. The first interview, she speaks to brothers Hjalmer Wenstob and Timmy Masso about their advocation for Indigenous language education and their recent art project. In February 2021, Hjalmer and Timmy created and produced a Nuu-chah-nulth healing song and video as a gift to all nations. During the pandemic the loss of physical connection to community members have impacted First Nations communities across the nation and world; they hope that this video will help Indigenous communities heal. The video includes closed captioning and a transcript, so anyone can learn the Nuu-chah-nulth words they are singing. The brothers are happy for anyone to share their video and use it in teaching as long as their intention behind the video is remembered and recognized.
In the second interview of the episode, Rosanna speaks to Tantoo Cardinal, one of the most recognizable Indigenous actresses of our time. Tantoo talks about what it was like working in the film industry as an Indigenous women at the start of her career versus her experiences now. In the beginning, she had to fight to have her time on camera and learn the craft of filmmaking – now, Indigenous filmmaking is growing she is able to be part of films that are made by communities of Indigenous creatives, like the movies Falls Around Her and The Grizzlies.