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On this edi­tion of First Voic­es Radio, Host Tiokasin Ghosthorse wel­comes back Ukumb­wa Sauti. Ukumb­wa is an ini­ti­at­ed Elder in the Dagara tra­di­tion from Burk­i­na Faso in west Africa and is a divin­er, numerol­o­gist and spir­i­tu­al coun­selor. He is a Producer/​partner at moja medi­a­works, devel­op­ing the World Ances­tor Con­cert and facil­i­tat­ing social jus­tice work­shop expe­ri­ences along with for­ward­ing pro­gres­sive mes­sag­ing through online mer­chan­dis­ing. He has taught cul­tur­al media stud­ies for 16 years in high­er edu­ca­tion. Ukumb­wa cre­at­ed a blog enti­tled Indige­ny & Ener­get­ics,” out­lin­ing in part the his­to­ry and effects of Chris­tian­i­ty in the Indige­nous and mod­ern world and the per­sis­tence of the ele­ments of reli­gious priv­i­lege and preda­to­ry mis­sion­ary work. Ukumb­wa has been active in the Pan-African move­ment, Black Lives Mat­ter and oth­er anti-racism work and the Occupy/​Decolonize to Lib­er­ate move­ments. He has pre­sent­ed at spir­i­tu­al con­fer­ences and polit­i­cal events in the New Eng­land region, Cal­i­for­nia and Bar­ba­dos and has been active in cre­at­ing rit­u­al work in the Boston, New York and Toron­to, Cana­da. Ukumb­wa can be reached on Face­book, Twit­ter and email at ukumbwa@​gmail.​com. Find his cur­rent work at www​.worl​dances​tor​con​cert​.com, on Face­book and oth­er Glob­al Media Net­work plat­forms.

In the sec­ond half-hour, Tiokasin talks with Shaandi­in Tome, a film­mak­er from Albu­querque, New Mex­i­co. As a recent grad­u­ate from the Uni­ver­si­ty of New Mex­i­co with a BFA in Film and Dig­i­tal Media Pro­duc­tion, she grad­u­at­ed cum laude and through her film­mak­ing pas­sion hopes to con­tin­ue her career cre­at­ing art. Shaandi­in is a 2016 Sun­dance Full Cir­cle Fel­low­ship alum­na, 2016 Sun­dance Pro­gram­ming Intern, and in May 2017, she was select­ed for the Sun­dance Native Film­mak­ers Lab Fel­low­ship. Shaandi­ins film, Mud/(Hasht’ishnii), screened in the Short Films cat­e­go­ry at the 2018 Sun­dance Film Fes­ti­val in Park City, Utah. Shaandi­in cur­rent­ly lives in Albu­querque, aim­ing to bring res­onat­ing imagery in con­ver­gence with sto­ry, illus­trat­ing her per­spec­tive as a Din woman. More about Shaandi­in can be found at www​.shaandi​in​.com