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Indigenous music and culture meet in sound. Each episode we give voice to the music, stories, and experiences of Indigenous artists from around the world.

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In the 14th episode of the RPM Podcast, host Ostwelve speaks with two musical architects of the Mexican Indigenous revival - Yaotl of Aztlan Underground and Zero from El Vuh. Yaotl shares how being Indigenous has shaped his... more

In Episode 13, RPM looks at Indigenous motherhood and music. Episode #013 of the RPM Podcast hosted by Ostwelve explores three Indigenous mothers who happen to also be active musicians. Lakota Jones (Mohawk, Cherokee, Lakota)... more

Half of the world's languages have disappeared in the past 500 years and today another language goes extinct almost every two weeks. Indigenous languages are the ones most at risk – which has inspired Indigenous musicians... more

In our 11th episode, we talk with one of the hardest working musicians on Turtle Island – Mohawk blues-rocker Derek Miller. On previous episodes of the RPM podcast, we've heard from a wide variety of musicians from all kinds of... more

Indigenous Peoples across Turtle Island have been dancing and drumming for generations but, in the 21st century, that rhythmic spirit is finding new forms of creative expression. In our tenth episode, the powwow gets plugged in, mashed... more

In episode nine, RPM turns up the volume on Indigenous rock music, from metal to punk. Our host Ostwelve talks with Cree/Dene vocalist and guitarist Veronica Johnny from the rock and roll couple The Johnnys about it never being too late... more

In our eighth episode, the great oral tradition of our Indigenous cultures thrives in 21st century song. Here on the west coast, our traditional songs are like a cry, a prayer, or a declaration of intent. In our modern songs, storytelling also plays an... more

Hip-hop is one of the most popular musical genres in Indian Country. In our seventh episode, we explore why the art of hip-hop is such a strong force in Indigenous music culture. Our host Ostwelve talks with the one and only... more

Mohawk, Cayuga, Onondaga, Oneida, Seneca and Tuscarora. In our sixth episode we look at the music from the Six Nations. The Six Nations are a cultural and historical force. Part of that strength in the abundance of musicians... more

The delightful Crystal Shawanda, an Ojibwe artist from Wikwemikong now based in Nashville, who has shot to international stardom, shares her thoughts and her brand new single, Love Enough. Up and coming artist Genevieve Fisher, an 18... more

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