Qʷaqʷθamčxʷ “You tell a story!”

Qʷaqʷθamčxʷ “You tell a story!”

The Klahoose Nation invited youth from Tla’Amin, Komoks, and Homalco to spend a weekend learning to create podcasts.  The Sister Nations to Klahoose share the same language: ʔayʔaǰuθəm (Ayajuthem.) These youth were encouraged to use the language throughout the camp and as a part of the stories they chose to share.  While learning how to use sound recording and editing equipment, the youth enjoyed experiential games that focused on the Sounds of the Land. Audio Ethnographer Jenni Shine led youth on a Sound Walk to introduce the idea of deep listening, which was many participants favourite part.  Learning storytelling techniques was a significant part of the camp, however, the most important part was connecting these youth to each other at an early age. This opportunity for them to explore their beautiful land and spend time together sharing their songs and skills provided an opportunity for an earlier connection between youth in the Sister Nations.     We recognize and appreciate all the support and funding provided by CKTZ, CRFC,  CCHA, Tides Canada, and the Klahoose Nation. Also to Rosemary, Jacqueline, Dan, Odette, Koosen, Gary, Mariko and Zoe.  ʔi:mot (Thank you.) Qʷaqʷθamčxʷ “You tell a story!” Podcasts Episode 2 - You tell a story! - Jordyn You Tell A Story - Episode 2: Jordyn In this episode Jordyn, from the Tla’Amin First Nation, presents an interview of Klahoose Elder Norman Harry Sr telling the local stories and legends of Tal, using Ayajuthem language.  Jordyn edited the interview and provided accompanying music and sound effects. The legend of Tal is used to keep kids from misbehaving. Episode 1 - You tell a story!...
Ilo & The Three Musketeers

Ilo & The Three Musketeers

Episode 3 brings us the songs “Open Your Eyes” from Ilo and “Respect” from the Three Musketeers.  “Open Your Eyes” is a track that explores the journey of growing up, as we begin to learn some of the challenging truths about life on this planet.  It’s a call for all of us to “open [our] eyes and see that this world is so alive.”  “Respect” is also a song that explores some of the challenges we face as a global society.  It encourages us to “see the beautiful things; all the little things a simple day brings.” All photos by Dan Peters Ilo & The Three Musketeers - Spark Point Music Spark Point Music Coming to you from the unceded, ancestral territories of the Klahoose, Homalco, and Tla’amin peoples, this is Spark Point Music Radio!  We are working in partnership with CKTZ Cortes radio, Youth Voices!, and The Community Radio Fund of Canada - Radiometres program to bring you original music created by youth from Cortes Island. At Spark Point Music we believe that when we create, we explore what it is to be whole and discover more of who we truly are. In our programs we seek to spark the imagination, and a sense of what is possible, for youth on the remote island of Cortes when their voices are heard and valued. We give youth ages 8 to 18 an opportunity to create art and music in an encouraging environment, seeking to minimize judgment and increase acceptance of themselves and others. Our studio is graciously hosted at Linnaea Farm, where we provide inclusive space, instruments, recording  gear,...
Klahoose Language Program

Klahoose Language Program

Norm Harry hosts the Klahoose Language Program on Cortes Radio, CKTZ 89.5 FM, 2:30 - 4 PM on Wednesdays. “Thank-you from coming to the Klahoose territory* .… We say it with a good heart so that people feel welcome, not like an outcast. Especially when I am on the radio show. This is all our island. We have to share it as a home, even though it is the territory of the Klahoose people. You don’t get pushy about it, you do it in a polite manner so that everybody is equal. ” - Norm Harry, from an interview on Cortes Currents. Each Klahoose Language program podcast starts with a Word of the Day, which is followed by Norm’s program. The Klahoose Language Program and word of the day are sponsored by the Community Radio Fund of Canada. (Click here to access a separate page for Word of the Day) Here are some recent podcasts: June 2019 June 26 Klahoose Program June 19 Klahoose Program June 5 Klahoose Program May 2019 May 29 Klahoose Program May 22 Klahoose Program May 15 Klahoose Program May 8 Klahoose Program May 1 Klahoose Program April 2019 April 24 Klahoose Program April 17 Klahoose Program April 10 Klahoose Program April 3 Klahoose Program March 2019 March 27 Klahoose Program March 20 Klahoose Program March 13 Klahoose Program March 6 Klahoose Program February 2019 Feb 27 Klahoose Program Feb 20 Klahoose Program Feb 13 Klahoose Program Feb 6 Klahoose Program January 2019 Jan 30 Klahoose Program Jan 23 Klahoose Program Jan 16 Klahoose Program Jan 9, Klahoose...
Word Of The Day

Word Of The Day

Koosen & Amaya Koosen Pielle is a young mother of two in the Tla’amin nation. She has been involved in language revitalization for going on 7 years. She specializes and has a passion for audio , and getting a “Word of the day” started for CKTZ radio (funded by CRFC Radiometres) was a natural next step in language revitalization. “Language needs to be embedded in every part of our lives… it’s an emergency now, to regulate it as much as possible and to decolonize our ear holes! Especially while we still have the resource people that we do have” Koosen says. Koosen has included elders from the Klahoose community in the word of the day she created. She’s also included singers from both the Tla’amin nation, Klahoose Nation, and the settler community for background music. “Culture is something we all have in common, it unites us and it brings all generations together…and that is when the real magic happens…when intergenerational learning is a possibility”. Koosen expresses her love for community radio because it is “a means of oral teachings”. June 2019 “Weega” - translation “go ahead” “Toq quaymiexw” - translation “People from Squirrel Cove” “tlakwat” - transaltion “to breath” May 2019 “thachitlpay” - translation “spruce tree” “Taxumay” - translation “Red Cedar” “Soput” - translation “to split something with an axe” “shehmatchxw” - translation “Dry it” April 2019 “sew sew” - translation “stinging nettle” “qoo_ohmqoo ” - translation “cod eggs” (?) “qoay” - translation “hemlock” “pixay” - translation “alder” “pahyeetga”- translation “say it again” March 2019 Marissa’s story “kwawitl” - translation “spruce pitch” “kwakwajehthote” - translation “being In pain” “klupxwat” ...
Buttons and Hoodies

Buttons and Hoodies

All photos courtesy Dan Peters In our second episode we present the songs “Sacrifice” and “New Kid” from Curtis and Reg of Buttons and Hoodies, who wrote the lyrics and composed the instrumental pieces.  “Sacrifice” is a track that explores the forces of change and sacrifice as we travel through the uncertainties of life; “New Kid” encourages people to be themselves and see the bigger picture, focusing on youth in the school system. Episode 2: Buttons and Hoodies - Spark Point Music Coming to you from the unceded, ancestral territories of the Klahoose, Homalco, and Tla’amin peoples, this is Spark Point Music Radio!  We are working in partnership with CKTZ Cortes radio, Youth Voices!, and The Community Radio Fund of Canada - Radiometres program to bring you original music created by youth from Cortes Island. At Spark Point Music we believe that when we create, we explore what it is to be whole and discover more of who we truly are. In our programs we seek to spark the imagination, and a sense of what is possible, for youth on the remote island of Cortes when their voices are heard and valued. We give youth ages 8 to 18 an opportunity to create art and music in an encouraging environment, seeking to minimize judgment and increase acceptance of themselves and others. Our studio is graciously hosted at Linnaea Farm, where we provide inclusive space, instruments, recording  gear, and guidance for youth to compose, record, and perform original music.    Any music you hear during these broadcasts was either composed and performed entirely by youth, or with the guidance and...
Rust & Velvet

Rust & Velvet

All photos courtesy Dan Peters© In our first episode we present the songs “Rust” and “Velvet” from Laara, who wrote the lyrics and guided the musical composition.  “Rust” is an upbeat track which might mislead the casual listener, as the lyrics explore the theme of betrayal.  “Velvet” is a song that Laara created to sound the way that velvet feels.  See what it “feels” like to you…  Lara: Rust & Velvet Coming to you from the unceded, ancestral territories of the Klahoose, Homalco, and Tla’amin peoples, this is Spark Point Music Radio!  We are working in partnership with CKTZ Cortes radio, Youth Voices!, and The Community Radio Fund of Canada - Radiometres program to bring you original music created by youth from Cortes Island. At Spark Point Music we believe that when we create, we explore what it is to be whole and discover more of who we truly are. In our programs we seek to spark the imagination, and a sense of what is possible, for youth on the remote island of Cortes when their voices are heard and valued. We give youth ages 8 to 18 an opportunity to create art and music in an encouraging environment, seeking to minimize judgment and increase acceptance of themselves and others. Our studio is graciously hosted at Linnaea Farm, where we provide inclusive space, instruments, recording  gear, and guidance for youth to compose, record, and perform original music.    Any music you hear during these broadcasts was either composed and performed entirely by youth, or with the guidance and support of musical mentors.  We will be airing 1 episode per...