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The Wisdom Path Podcast Series

A podcast series with young indigenous creatives on the value of oral tradition; wisdom shared through stories and tales.

The Wisdom Path Podcast Series

A podcast series with young indigenous creatives on the value of oral tradition; wisdom shared through stories and tales.

$460
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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sun, December 11 2016 5:48 AM UTC +00:00
Last updated December 11, 2016

About

“What is the value of oral tradition? The value of a good story?”

For five years, I worked as the bookstore manager at the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA), a small indigenous art college located in Santa Fe, New Mexico. While there, I created a community based bookstore for all of the IAIA community to share in and thus was able to work closely with an amazing group of creatives, each with their own story and journey.

(Guillermo Tilley with Pikani artist Terran Kipp Last Gun)
(Guillermo Tilley with Pikani artist Terran Kipp Last Gun)

During my time at IAIA, the one constant theme that came up was the loss of oral tradition within our indigenous communities. I had many shared discussions on this topic.  Regardless of their status within the IAIA community - student, staff, faculty, or guest - the experience of this loss was present for them; in some cases, painfully. These conversations and experiences were the catalyst for the creation of the Wisdom Path Podcast series.

Why the Wisdom Path?

Myths and stories were passed on to us by the elders of our communities. They shared their collective teachings passing along wisdom, knowledge  and life skills. These teachings were the oral maps on how to live in the world.

I decided to call this project the Wisdom Path because we are taking the listener on a journey through stories filled with great teachings.

Why a podcast?

We wanted a tool that was mobile and simple to set-up. Allowing us to use different locations and environments to capture our stories. We can easily go anywhere with a podcast mic and our MacBooks. Podcasts also provide an intimacy that I like for the sake of capturing story. You and the participant. Again, the simplicity.

Besides, my colleague Marcus Acoya (founder of Rawkcztar) is a music and podcast guru. Let’s listen to what he has to say below.

(Co-producer Marcus Acoya)
(Co-producer Marcus Acoya)

 

What can I expect from the Wisdom Path Podcast Series?

There will be many take-a-ways for listeners and sponsors.  Here is what you can expect, once we start podcasting:

  • 12 - 15 of the coolest, hippest young indigenous creatives from around the United States and Canada.
  • They will be sharing the important stories, tales and myths of their respective peoples.
  • From these stories, we will focus on the pieces of wisdom in each of their stories; stories that relate to essential human experiences such as:
Good Stuff
Good Stuff

We will then:

  • unpack their stories - bringing meaning to the spoken word - extracting the lessons embedded in the story.
  • share how these lessons impact on their lives today.

In addition, we will also be:

  • capturing the story as an audio file for preservation; the development of a digital archive.
  • building a library of wisdom and knowledge as the foundation for a future book.

When can we expect to start hearing the Wisdom Path Podcasts?

We plan to begin recording our podcasts this coming January.  With our first public release scheduled for March of 2017.  Our schedule looks like this:

1st Recording Period: January and February 2017

Spring 2017 Podcasts Launch: March thru May

2nd Recording Period:  April thru June 2017

Summer 2017 Release Period: June thru August 2017

We will be recording most of the podcasts in advance of their releases.  We also plan to slip a live podcast in during the Spring and Summer release periods.

Where can we find the podcast?

We will be launching the podcast home page in the coming weeks at www.wisdompathpodcast.org.  Pictures and bio's of our creative guests will be located on the site as well.

Risks and challenges

Risks and Challenges

Well, there are many risks in any adventure, but the greatest one for me is this…not doing anything at all. We here at the Wisdom Path have decided to take action in order to reduce the risk of this great art form disappearing forever. We are here to keep oral tradition alive and well.

The challenges we face are reserving enough spots for all of the potential creatvies that might want to participate in the Wisdom Path podcast series for 2017. With that said, we already have the outlines built for a future podcast series, The Thin Line, scheduled for Spring 2018.

We appreciate your support for this valuable cultural endeavor.

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    Path Builders

    Stepping up in support of Oral Tradition.

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    Warriors at heart, in touch with mother nature and her ways,

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    The Wisdom Seeker

    The Wisdom Seeker will be joining us on a mission of discovery by acting as a co-interviewer on one of our podcasts. In addition, they will receive exclusive access to the Wisdom Path content and backstory (usually reserved for our podcast participants). This will be live, so It's the whole experiential deal. Arrangements will be made based on podcast location and date (does not include travel expenses).

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