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We are thrilled to announce that Kanyon CoyoteWoman Sayers-Roods, the CEO of Kanyon Konsulting LLC and a proud Mutsun Ohlone – California TwoSpirit Native, is featured in Season 2 of #ChallengingColonialism! ?

Kanyon’s episode is a profound exploration of Indigenous solidarity and the ongoing battle against settler colonialism. Join us in celebrating and amplifying Indigenous voices by listening to this enlightening podcast episode at Link. Trailer: Challenging Colonialism Season 2?✊

s02e01: Illicit Acquisitions (Season Two Overview)

Episode notes

There is a long legacy of extractive and exploitative relationships in academic study of Indigenous California, seen clearly in the origins of the fields of anthropology, ethnography, & archaeology. These unethical relationships have resulted in colonial collections of Indigenous ancestral remains, funerary objects, songs and ceremonies, and Indigenous knowledge and wisdom, much which still has not been returned to Indigenous communities. This opening episode of Season 2 of Challenging Colonialism offers an overview of this history, helping shed light on why many Native Californians have understandable concerns about working with academics.


Dr. Cutcha Risling Baldy (Hupa, Yurok, Karuk), The Honorable Ron W. Goode (Tribal Chairman of the North Fork Mono Tribe), Dr. Robin R. R. Gray (Ts’msyen/Cree), Cindi Alvitre (Tongva, co-founder of the Ti’at Society), Kanyon Sayers-Roods (Costanoan Ohlone-Mutsun and Chumash), Gregg Castro (t’rowt’raahl Salinan / Rumsien & Ramaytush Ohlone), Mark Hylkema, Maia Posten

Audio editing: Daniel Stonebloom

Interviews: Martin Rizzo-Martinez

Music: G. Gonzales

The title for this episode, Illicit Acquisitions, comes from our interview with Cindi Alvitre.

Links & Further Reading:

“Where Have All the Anthros Gone? The Shift in California Indian Studies from Research ‘on’ to Research ‘with, for, and by’ Indigenous Peoples” By Peter Nelson

“Archaeology and Social Justice in Native America” By Nicholas C. Laluk , Lindsay M. Montgomery, Rebecca Tsosie, Christine McCleave, Rose Miron, Stephanie Russo Carroll, Joseph Aguilar, Ashleigh Big Wolf Thompson, Peter Nelson, Jun Sunseri, Isabel Trujillo, Georgeann M. Deantoni, Gregg Castro, and Tsim Schneider

We Are Dancing for You: Native Feminisms and the Revitalization of Women’s Coming-of-Age Ceremonies By Cutcha Risling Baldy

Skull Wars: Kennewick Man, Archaeology, And The Battle For Native American Identity by David Hurst Thomas, Foreword by Vine Deloria Jr.

Bone Rooms: From Scientific Racism to Human Prehistory in Museums Samuel J. Redman

Supported by California State Parks Foundation


Ongoing bi-monthly podcast, available via multiple platforms: RSSApple PodcastsSpotifyStitcher, and more. Produced by Martin Rizzo-Martinez and Daniel Stonebloom. Challenging Colonialism links the legacies of colonialism and the consequences of genocide to contemporary issues facing California. The producers see the urgent need to amplify Native voices and to center indigenous perspectives in discussions of environmental justice, school curriculum, land use, and monuments to name just a few examples.

#IndigenousSolidarity #Decolonize #PodcastCommunity

Challenging Colonialism

by Martin Rizzo-Martinez & Daniel Stonebloom

Challenging Colonialism amplifies Indigenous perspectives on issues of concern to native Californian communities. It is our intention to create an educational resource where everyone can hear the perspectives of Indigenous peoples in their own words. It is not our intention to further colonize the narrative, or to misrepresent stories that are not our own. The podcast is produced by Martin Rizzo-Martinez, Historian, & Daniel Stonebloom, a Public School Administrator.

About Martin Rizzo –

Post Author: Kanyon Coyote

Activist, artist, educator – an Indigenous Generalized Specialist

I am Mutsun -Ohlone - California Native two spirit Woman. I am a creative artist ever inspired by nature and the natural world, Catalyst of decolonizing conversations. Contemp/Traditional Artist, Native Representative, Consultant, Advocate of Truth in History, Multimedia Artist, "Coyote", T.E.K educator, and much more - Let’s Talk

⫸CEO of Kanyon Konsulting
⫸Tribal Chairwoman of Indian Canyon Nation
⫸Founder of Indian Canyon Two-Spirit Society
⫸President and Co-Chair of Costanoan Indian Research
⫸Cultural Representative and Native Monitor for Indian Canyon Mutsun Band of Costanoan Ohlone People -

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