Holding the Fire: Episode 12. The End of the World with Dilafruz Khonikboyeva

Following another summer of record heat waves, droughts, floods, and wildfires across vast swaths of the planet, the injuries done to the planet by the Industrial Growth Society have never been so conclusive. As I grapple with collapse, I wanted to speak with Dilafruz Khonikboyeva, an Indigenous Pamiri from Tajikistan, who has lived through it and come out the other side.

Holding the Fire: Episode 11. Reframing Collapse with Lyla June Johnston

How is it possible to maintain perspective on the polycrisis? Dr. Lyla June Johnston, who is of Navajo, Cheyenne, and European lineages, has brilliantly woven her knowledge into her public speaking and multigenre art, inspiring international audiences towards personal, collective, and ecological healing. 

Holding the Fire: Episode 8. Navigating Multiple Crises with Alson Kelen

In this podcast we’ve heard several people speak of the grave crisis facing humanity today, but from the perspective of how Indigenous communities have been living in these crises for hundreds, and in some cases, thousands of years. Yet, despite facing the most challenging forces of colonialism, they are still here, still persisting with resilient cultures. Alson Kelen, a native of Bikini Atoll, is one of the world’s few masters in the ancient art of wave-piloting. 

Holding the Fire: Episode 6. Deep Relationship to the Land with Sam Olando

As the Great Unraveling unfolds, it is almost always the most vulnerable populations, those with the fewest resources, who suffer the most, whether it be from climate impacts, collapsing economies, or dysfunctional governments. Sam Olando from Kenya, spoke to an aspect of this vulnerability that many of us don’t often consider.

Holding the Fire: Episode 4. Understanding Suffering and Knowing Our Place with Galina Angarova

Given the scope of the crises upon us, have you ever felt a yearning to learn more about living in a culture that is not based on extractivism, commodification, acquisition, and exploitation? It was this question that led me to Galina Angarova from the Lake Baikal region of Siberia.

Holding the Fire: Episode 3. Fighting Ecosystem Collapse with Aslak Holmberg

It’s challenging to hear about collapsing ecosystems and the global climate spiraling out of balance, but by acknowledging this reality, we are able to orient ourselves and respond accordingly to the crises.  On that note, I was excited to speak with Aslak Holmberg, an Indigenous Saami who lives on the Deatnu River, on the border of Norway and Finland.