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Ayahuasca, Colonialism and the Death of a Healer

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Release Date: 04/11/2019

VABF Day 7: Ma’amtagila (Kwakwaka’wakw) Matriarch Tsastilqualus of House Umbas on Indigenous Sovereignty and Rematriation show art VABF Day 7: Ma’amtagila (Kwakwaka’wakw) Matriarch Tsastilqualus of House Umbas on Indigenous Sovereignty and Rematriation

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Tsastilqualus is an elder of the House Umbas from Ma’amtagila (Kwakwaka’wakw) territory. In this final episode of the Victoria Anarchist Bookfair's week of podcasts, Tsastilqualus speaks about her life and views on how Indigenous resistance can be combined with cultural renewal to realize ecological sustainability and Indigenous sovereignty. For years she has been involved in fighting fish farms and clear cuts in her traditional unceded territories to ensure the survivability of wild salmon. Currently, Tsastilqualus is in the process of rematriating the lands she calls home. She is the...

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VABF Day 7: Homeless in the Pandemic show art VABF Day 7: Homeless in the Pandemic

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As in other places, unhoused people in Victoria face severe challenges in their daily lives ranging from a lack of food, sanitation and medical services to harassment by police and security. One particularly disturbing development are growing resentments and assaults by community members who are unwilling to share green spaces with those who need them for survival. In this episode we hear from a grass-roots front-line supporter and member of the Lived Experience of Homelessness Network (LEOHN) about the increased challenges due to the Covid-19 pandemic as well as the importance of mutual aid...

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VABF Day 6: Kurdish Sociologist Ozlem Goner on the Current Struggle For Autonomy in Rojava show art VABF Day 6: Kurdish Sociologist Ozlem Goner on the Current Struggle For Autonomy in Rojava

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Ozlem Goner is a steering committee member of the Emergency Committee for Rojava, New York, and associate professor at the City University of New York. Her research interests focus on political sociology, ethnographies of the state and nationalism, comparative and historical sociology, race and ethnicity, social movements, qualitative methods, and classical, poststructural, postcolonial and feminist theory.  For updates concerning the situation in Rojava and to donate to the struggle, visit:  

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VABF Day 6: UK Theorist Ruth Kinna (editor, Anarchist Studies) on Capitalism, Anarchism, and the Commons show art VABF Day 6: UK Theorist Ruth Kinna (editor, Anarchist Studies) on Capitalism, Anarchism, and the Commons

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Ruth Kinna is a world-renowned political theorist and historian of ideas who has authored numerous books on anarchism, nineteenth- and early twentieth-century socialist thought, utopianism and contemporary radicalism. She is a professor of political philosophy at Loughborough University and editor of the UK-based journal, Anarchist Studies.

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VABF Day 5: Anarchist Ann Hansen and Trans Activist Naphtali Discuss Prison (In)justice show art VABF Day 5: Anarchist Ann Hansen and Trans Activist Naphtali Discuss Prison (In)justice

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Ann Hansen is former member of the anarchist organization Direct Action and served over 7 years in prison for her involvement with that collective. She is now living on a self-sufficient farm and works on prison-related issues as a member of the Prison for Women (P4W) Memorial Collective. Naphtali is a white non-binary trans Jew who is into prison abolition, anti-zionism, indigenous and black liberation, night-bouquets, and community care.

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VABF Day 4: Nuu-chah-nulth & Coast Salish activist Queen Sacheen (Ancestral Pride) reflects on her life and Indigenous Sovereignty show art VABF Day 4: Nuu-chah-nulth & Coast Salish activist Queen Sacheen (Ancestral Pride) reflects on her life and Indigenous Sovereignty

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Queen Sacheen is co-founder of Ancestral Pride, with whom she has produced many zines. She has spent a great deal of time advising Settler-anarchists on how to be in solidarity with Indigenous resistance movements. She is a warrior who has taken part in many actions, including Standing Rock. Finally, Sacheen is a proud mother, Matriarch, doula and medicine woman. Find Queen Sacheen (Nuu-chah-nulth & Coast Salish) on Facebook by searching for Sacheen Kinish, or Ancestral Pride and/or Xhopakelxhits Apothocary. Please support via e-transfer and PayPal to: .

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VABF Day 3: John Zerzan on His Life As An Anarchist and the State Of Affairs In the USA show art VABF Day 3: John Zerzan on His Life As An Anarchist and the State Of Affairs In the USA

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John Zerzan is author of numerous publications exploring the pre-modern dimensions of our being. His weekly radio program, AnarchyRadio can be found here: .

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VABF Day 2: Kathy Ferguson on Emma Goldman's Women and Anarchism As ‘A Movement Of The Book’ show art VABF Day 2: Kathy Ferguson on Emma Goldman's Women and Anarchism As ‘A Movement Of The Book’

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Kathy Ferguson is an US-American author, political philosopher, feminist, historian, anarchist, and professor of political science and women's studies at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. She has authored one of the best critical biographies of renowned anarchist Emma Goldman: Emma Goldman: Political Thinking in the Streets.   Visit to learn about the 1000 women who helped build the anarchist movement during Emma Goldman’s life time.

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VABF Day 1: Gidimt'en Checkpoint Spokesperson Molly Wickham on Wet’suwet’en Resistance Before, During and After The Pandemic show art VABF Day 1: Gidimt'en Checkpoint Spokesperson Molly Wickham on Wet’suwet’en Resistance Before, During and After The Pandemic

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Molly Wickham (Sleydo) is a member of the Gidimt'en Clan of the Wet'suwet'en Nation. She has been tirelessly active in the Wet’suwet’en’ Nation’s assertion of sovereignty over their unceded territories. This interview discusses the current state of affairs regarding the Coastal GasLink pipeline’s pending extension under a pristine river and the RCMP’s continued harassment of Indigenous and non-Indigenous land defenders.   Visit yintahaccess.com to apply to join the fall work camp on Gidimt'en territory, or connect with them by email at . You can also find them on Facebook and...

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The Victoria Anarchist Bookfair is here and we can all (virtually) go! show art The Victoria Anarchist Bookfair is here and we can all (virtually) go!

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From Embers will be collaborating with the Victoria Anarchist Bookfair over the next week to bring you some really great audio content that they're releasing in lieu of an in-person event. Their real-life bookfair is, like so many events, cancelled, but they've made the best of the situation and put together an impressive week of online events, many of which you'll find right here on the From Embers feed. To get us all ready and excited for the week, we put together this interview with three members of their collective. We talk about anarchism, bookfairs, COVID, how to make our events and...

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Interview with Kevin Tucker about his latest book The Cull of Personality, which tells the story and surrounding context of the murder of Shipibo-Conibo healer and indigenous rights activist Olivia Arevalo at the hands of Canadian ayahuasca tourist Sebastian Woodroffe in the Peruvian Amazon. Woodroffe was subsequently lynched by members of Arevalo’s community, which became a big story in the Canadian press. We discuss the story, ayahuasca, colonialism, and new age spirituality in a civilized world.

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