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Interviews

Emerson Munduruku is a young artist, scientist, and educator from the Munduruku people of the Amazon. Through his drag persona, Uyra Sodoma, Emerson blurs the lines between human, animal, and plant. Whether out in the streets of the Amazonian city of Manaus, or in the sterilized space of the art gallery, Emerson disrupts colonial narratives of wilderness, gender, and environmental destruction as he mesmerizes audiences. Emerson spoke with Cultural Survival about his decolonial, queer performances, and about his hopes for both the art world and western science. 

Interview with MP Prof. Dalxa about Eylo Indigenous people in Somalia whose political rights are denied. Prof. Daxla also talks about Indigenous youth.
Interview by Horn Afrik News Agency for Human Rights (HANAHR).
For HANAHR: Adam Illyas
Interviewee Professor Dalxa (MP, Somalia)
Image: Professor Dalxa
Music: "Anania2" by The Baba Project, used with permission.
"Burn your village to the ground", by A Tribe called Red, used with permission.

Tevin August is an inspiring young man from Coronationville in Johannesburg West. He was born with a form of Cerebal Palsy which is a group of disorders that affect a person's ability to move, maintain balance and posture.

He has never allowed his disability to hinder his forward progression both mentally, physical or emotionally; in actual fact it has given him a strong mental capacity and a unique outlook when it comes to taking on life and all its hardships and challenges.
Courtesy of Indigenous Youth Xchange Radio, South Africa.

Daunnette Moniz-Reyome, a proud member of the UmoⁿhoⁿTribe in Nebraska, is turning 19 this year. She began modeling at age 13, appearing in multiple spreads and videos by Teen Vogue, which opened up the world of media attention to her. Despite her passion for the modeling and entertainment industries, Moniz-Reyome struggled to find Native American models to look up to. So, she decided to become that model for other Native American youth.
Produced by Shaldon Ferris (Khoisan)
Interviewee: Daunnette Moniz-Reyome (Umoⁿhoⁿ)
Image: Daunnette on set

Human trafficking is one of the most difficult issues to address in Nepal, affecting and exploiting thousands of women, adolescent girls, and children. Indigenous women and girls are disproportionately affected by human trafficking and represent almost 70 percent of the cases. Indigenous women and girls make up the majority of the people trafficked and exploited. Following the 2015 earthquake in Nepal, economic opportunities have been severely impacted and the numbers of missing women and girls including children have risen sharply.

Deidre Jantjies is an Indigenous South African Film producer. Her animated web series called Stories van die wind (Stories of the wind), was recently screened at The Wairoa Maori Indigenous Film Festival in New Zealand. Deidre tells us about using animation to tell our own stories.

Produced by Shaldon Ferris (Khoisan)
Interviewee Deidre Jantjies (Outeniqua)
Image: Screenshot from 'Stories van die wind"
Music: "Anania2" by the Baba Project, used with permission.
"Burn your village to the ground", by a Tribe called Red, used with permission.

Indigenous storytelling production company Wapanatahk Media has reached a television development deal with Anthony Johnson and Dr. James Makokis, a Two-Spirit Indigenous couple and winners of season 7 of The Amazing Race Canada.

The factual series will follow Johnson and Makokis as they pursue their mission to educate the masses about Indigenous cultural teachings, helping Canadians embark on their own transformational journeys and welcoming them into Nizhoni Acres, the couple's dream property, which they are currently renovating using the prize money from Amazing Race.

Patrick Hunter is a Two-Spirit Ojibway artist from the community of Red Lake, in North Western Ontario. He paints in the Woodland style and has created his own company called Patrick Hunter Art & Design.
Produced by Sarah Hume (Cultural Survival Intern)
Edited by Shaldon Ferris (Khoisan)
Interviewee: Patrick Hunter (Ojibway)
Image: Patrich Hunter courtesy of patrickhunter.ca/

Fred Nez-Keams is a Navajo Musician and Flute Maker. In this Interview, Veronica Valente learns all about Fred's journey.
Produced by Veronica Valente (Cultural Survival Intern)
Edited by Shaldon Ferris (Khoisan)
Interviewee: Fred Nez-Keams (Navajo)
Music: "Lights in the Forest" by Yarina, used with permission
Image: Screenshot of Fred Nez-Keams with a flute.

The state of Germany has agreed to compensate the state of Namibia, by means of a development fund of 1.4 billion Euros, over 30 years. How will this agreement benefit the descendents of the victims of the thousands of people who were tortured and murdered by the colonial rulers of the South Western African country of Namibia, in the early 1900's.
Diana Morat from Eldos FM, a community radio station in Johannesburg, South Africa interviews Martinus Fredericks, a direct descendent of Cornelius Fredericks, who was a Nama leader who fought along Kaptein Hendrik Witbooi.

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