Audio Postcard From Hollyhock

Audio Postcard From Hollyhock

Story From Hear is broadcast over Cortes Radio, Thursdays at 9:30 AM; repeating Saturdays at 2 PM. This audio postcard from Hollyhock that was created during The Story From Hear podcasting workshop. Audio producer Teri Snelgrove and fellow workshop cohort member Nastaran Arianpoo spend a delightful afternoon with local resident Bruce Ellingson on the deck of the lodge, where they are regaled with stories about life on Cortes. Audio Posy Card From Hollyhock (Bruce Ellingsen interview) - Story From Hear Teri Snelgrove hails from Newfoundland, where she began working in the arts at an early age. Her roots are in the world of interdisciplinary theatre in the dark days before digital technology and the internet.  After graduating from film school at Emily Carr University in 1999, she freelanced as a voice director, a theatre director, and a producer/production manager in film before landing at the National Film Board of Canada, where she now hangs her hat full time as an Associate Producer. Over the years, she’s had the privilege of working on many documentaries, animations and interactive projects such as the acclaimed The Road Forward (Marie Clements), Debris (John Bolton), Beauty (Christina Willings), and Bread (Mariette Sluyter). She is proud to have worked on two soon-to-be-released NFB films, Highway to Heaven (Sandra Ignagni), and Because We Are Girls (Baljit Sangra). Teri has also worked on a number of animated projects, including The Mountain of SGaana (Christopher Auchter), Shop Class (Hart Snider) and The Zoo (Julia Kwan). She is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree through the GLS program at SFU, where she has fallen head over heels in love with documentary audio...
The Story from Hear

The Story from Hear

Soundscapes surround us, complementing the visual landscapes we inhabit, and providing rich sources of material for research, storytelling, and artistic practice. The soundmarks of a place, after all, can be as specific as any landmark. We are immersed in sound all the time, and yet in media, social sciences, arts, and communications, sound has been a relatively under-explored component. However, with the rise of podcasting and the rebirth of radio in recent years, the sound arts are once again gaining currency. Podcasting, due to the intimate nature of the medium and its accessibility, is a powerful agent of social change.  It functions as an applied exercise in communicating and listening, both vitally important skills in an era when our social discourse has devolved into a spasmodic binary argument between “us and them.”  So whether your focus is on scientific, artistic, community, or organizational communication, place-based audio recording and storytelling is an enriching practice that can connect you with an audience, while deepening your understanding of the world and your place in it. With this in mind, The Story from Hear Audio Collective held a 5-day production-oriented workshop on Cortes Island last summer, focusing on the power of sound, listening, and place-based audio storytelling. The Workshop The workshop was geared for media-makers, sound artists, community storytellers, scientists, activists, and other message-oriented individuals wanting to deepen their listening and audio storytelling skills in a supportive group environment.  Participants from Klahoose and other First Nations, the Cortes community-at-large, Powell River, the Lower Mainland, and as far away as St.Louis, spent time together in nature, listening, recording, and creating audio stories based on...
Youth Voices Radio Workshop

Youth Voices Radio Workshop

Enthusiasm.  Exuberance.  Imagination.  Authenticity.  Honesty.  Contemplation.  Vulnerability.  Depth.  All of these words describe the youth of today.  Indeed, these qualities can be found inside each one of us if they are given the space to grow and be revealed. “Our Youth Voices! Radio Workshop program set out to help youth tap in to the well of knowledge, creativity and experience they possess and share it with the world.  We gave them hands on, practical instruction in the use of hand held “Zoom” recorders and a basic grounding in the realm of audio production, with a free program called Audacity.  They were given a list of questions and topics to choose from for a starting point, and also encouraged to go whichever direction they might imagine. These Youth Voices! Radio Workshop podcasts are a beautiful reflection of the interests, opinions, and diversity of our youth. Youth Voices! Radio Workshop Youth Voices Radio Workshop - by Sofia, Angus, Nathaniel, Mira, Zella, Ezra, Naio, Tristen, James | Facilitators: Dan Peters, Sara Gifford, Morgan Tams We gave them hands on, practical instruction in the use of hand held “Zoom” recorders and a basic grounding in the realm of audio production, with a free program called Audacity.  They were given a list of questions and topics to choose from for a starting point, and also encouraged to go whichever direction they might imagine.  These podcasts are a beautiful reflection of the interests, opinions, and diversity of our youth. The lens of youth is both unique and invaluable to the matrix of healthy community.  To support youth in exploring their experiences and then sharing them with the...
Cultivating Traditional Health

Cultivating Traditional Health

Recent research and long held traditions around health and food have challenged conventional practices of making available and promoting high carbohydrate, sugary, processed foods for convenience and economy. Some studies now conclude that animal fats have more to do with maintaining good health than eating the previously recommended low fat diet. Traditional Indigenous diets clearly show how eating from one’s own environment suits our overall well being and health. The experiences of our ancestors also has been shown to inform our own genetics, affecting our present day to day life. In this episode of Deep Roots Island Waves, Producer Manda Aufochs Gillespie links place, food, genetic history and health for insight into possibilities for understanding how we’re much more than we eat.” Culturing Traditional Health by Manda Aufochs Gillespie | Deep Roots Island Waves http://rest.s3for.me/specialproduction/14+Cultivating+Traditional+Health+mp3+master.mp3 Traditional Health & Epigenetics “This story of salmon boy is a fantastical creation myth and it is a story of how essential animals were to one indigenous community. Or how the health of a people in intricately connected to the health of their food source. This connection is behind one of today’s newest science buzzwords, epigenetics. “Epigenectics is the study of how the expression of our genes can be turned up or down by environmental factors. We are learning that things we once considered hardwired, such as our tendency towards obesity, heart disease and even schizophrenia can be influenced by our grandparent’s diets or something like our great grandparent’s exposure to certain chemicals, or even experiences such as something that may have happened to our ancestors like one winter spent very hungry or extremely...
Language Warrior

Language Warrior

Language Warrior is a story about Jessie Louie, and her life’s work preserving and revitalizing ʔayʔaǰuθəm a distinct dialect of Northern Salishan. Jessie knows the value of reclaiming language as a source of strength; a treasure to preserve, and a key to survival. There is only one fully fluent speaker left who speaks this at Klahoose, and less than a dozen fully fluent speakers in total left on our planet. This is why the name Language Warrior truly is fitting. Language Warrior by Odette Auger | Deep Roots Island Waves http://rest.s3for.me/deep-roots/13+Language+Warrior+mp3+Master.mp3 The good news.. Linguists say even endangered languages can revive, if people have a choice, and an opportunity to learn. Jessie shares her story on how residential school attempted to stifle her language, and how she lived a life working to hand her language down to younger generations… “there is hope… I know it will carry on through these young people who put their heart and soul into it”. Odette Auger, Sagamok Anishnabek: The past 5 years have been focused on fundraising and project management, youth programming. With Deep Roots and Island Waves, I have thoroughly enjoyed the collaborative process, and am excited to have facilitated new and ancient talent, skills, specialists and voices to our community. The opportunity to also write and produce in this series is an...
Toba: The Heart Home

Toba: The Heart Home

Toba Inlet is the glacier blue artery punching into the heart of the Toba River Valley and its mountainous flanks to access the mainland body of Klahoose traditional territory. Toba: The Heart Home by Rochelle Baker | Deep Roots Island Waves http://rest.s3for.me/deep-roots/12+Toba+the+Hearthome+mp3+Master.mp3 An entity in and of itself, Toba resources were, and continue to be, vital to Klahoose survival, culture and economic well-being. The notion place can have affect on those that reside there is ancient and widespread in human history. The Toba has shaped and has been shaped by the Klahoose, and the settlers, homesteaders and loggers who followed. The story of Toba: The Heart Home is how living in his people’s traditional territory profoundly shaped a young boy. And, how that experience built a foundation of resilience, and forged an inspirational bond with an ancestor, both of which he’d draw upon to surmount challenges later in life.  Rochelle Baker, reformed newspaper reporter and former urban princess, recently moved to the Discovery Islands to try and recapture the enchantment of her childhood summers on Cortes Island. The sound of the radio was a permanent feature in her home growing up, and remains so today. Working with the Deep Roots collective and learning from the Klahoose Nation was a step in fulfilling a long-time dream of sharing the magic of stories over the airwaves and as a window into people’s lives....