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Mp3 Archive

1.   Introductions from Nanzuhzaugewazog, Head of the Lake Treaty no. 14


Hey welcome to the introductory episode of Aerial Settler, a podcast where I can share my research on settler-colonialism, Indigenous resurgence, trans-Atlantic slavery, queer histories, art, history, heritage and cultural politics here on Turtle Island.

Youre gonna learn about identity politics, territory

acknowledgements, whats in a name, rethinking urban spaces as Indigenous spaces, and thinking about environmental and economic history here in "Canada" as parts of settler-colonialism. Learn about the Upper Canada Land Surrender Treaty, Head of the Lake Treaty No. 14 from 1806, and the history of Nanzuhzaugewazog aka Sixteen Mile Creek

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2: Freeing Charlotte Cook, 1798 and Slavery in Canada


*CW rape and sexual labour in slavery*

Todays episode talks about the dirty secret of Trans-Atlantic and Indigenous Slavery in Canada. Learn how the runaway enslaved woman Charlotte Cook got her freedom in Montreal in 1798 and how slavery functioned in the colonies of Canada, how or how it wasn't abolished, and the ways "whiteness" in the Settler-colonial slaving order of Canada was maintained for people like Charlotte's owners and James McGill.

Further Reading

Charmaine Nelson,

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3: Shag and Scruff: Disco, Sex, Hair, Carpets, and Interiors in 1970’s American Interiors


Learn about interior design, material culture, disco, identity politics and the sexual revolution in the context of 1970’s dance, conservative social movements, and the economic turmoil of the Energy Crisis.


slideshow: **

Further Reading:

O’Self, R. All in the Family: The Realignment of American Democracy Since the 1960s, Hill and Wang, 2012.

Echoles, A. Hot Stuff: Disco and the Remaking of American Culture. WW Norton, 2011.

Ahmed, S. Queer Phenomenology: Orientations, Objects, Others, Duke University Press, 2005. 

Cowie, J. Stayin’ Alive: The 1970s and the Last Days of the Working Class, New Press, 2012.

Secret DIsco Revolution documentary:

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4: Preserving the Past, Colonialism, Affect, and Archives: Egerton Ryerson, the TRC, and Public Art


his episode tackles my undergrad honours art history thesis on the Government of Ontario Art Collection, affect, archival practices, and responding to the TRC’s Call to Actions. It also analyses the history of GOAC in the settler context of Egerton Ryerson.

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5: Digital Lands and Virtual Medicine: Recreating Plant Life and Relations in Indigenous Video Games and Digital New Media


Technology like video games, VR, machinma and other new media are allowing Indigenous artists and creators to share deep and engaging stories with players. But how do Indigenous creators make the environments and “virtual worlds” of their stories? Indigenous designers seem more concerned with replicating their lands in the digital realm, and recreating kinships with the animal and plant nations in these new environments. 



Further Reading:

-Robin Wall Kimmerer:

-Leanne Betasamosake Simpson: Land as Pedagogy:

-Skawenatti, Time Traveller™

-Elizabeth LaPensee,

-Institute for Indigenous Futures, AbTeC Skins Games,

Feminist frequency,

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6: A Slave to God: Subjugation and Controlling the Enslaved of the Clergy in New France

How do the enslaved Indigenous "Panis" and blacks in diaspora experience catholicism? Marcel Trudel identifies the Jesuits as the most prolific slave owners in Quebec society. How was mission architecture, church furnishings or other devotional objects understood by the enslaved? How was the transitionary rite of baptism experienced by people who were now owned by their masters as well as God?


Further reading:

Rushforth, Brett. Bonds of Alliance: Indigenous and Atlantic Slaveries in New France. (Chapel Hill, University of North Carolina Press, 2012).

Lenik, Stephen, “Mission Plantations, Space, and Social Control: Jesuits as Planters in French Caribbean Colonies and Frontiers” in Journal of Social Archeology, Vol 12, Issue 1, 2012.:

Gruzinski, Serge, “Individualization and Acculturation: Confession among the Nahuas of Mexico from the Sixteenth to the Eighteenth Century” in The Church in Colonial Latin America, eds. John F. Schwaller (Wilmington: Scholarly Resource Books, 2000):

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