20 minutes | Sep 11, 2022
Remembering Relationality with Copal Resin: Seeding Relations Conference Talk
September of 1519 in Yucatan, Mexico. September of 2018 in Denver, Colorado, USA. Copal is a powerful incense across centuries, a scent and ceremonial presence familiar to Indigenous peoples, Mexicans, and Chicanx communities alike. But what happens when copal is stolen from Maya sacred sites and brought to storage in Massachussetts? For over 100 years thousands of bodies from Chichén Itzá have been held in a Harvard museum in Cambridge, Massachussetts, USA. This is a tragic rupture of a relational network.This is a bonus episode and based on a paper for Seeding Relations Conference March 2022. Here, I articulate some experiences, reflections, and questions that are emerging during my research and relationships with copalli. These are questions I hope to engage in my thesis and future doctoral work. Thank you for listening! Check out the March 2022 conference: Seeding Relations Read the paper, a partial transcript of this episode. Aztec Philosophy, James Maffie Find out more about Harvard Museum Collections here Music from Epidemic Sounds This podcast episode was recorded and produced on the ancestral lands of the Pawtucket and Massachussett. To support the show and/or Rebecca's PhD applications fall 2022 venmo @Rebecca-Nunziato
57 minutes | Aug 24, 2022
Rooted Relationships with Johanna Guevara of Dropping Seeds
On this episode Johanna Guevara of Dropping Seeds joins Rebecca to discuss the ways that we can relate to plants and remember ancestral survival skills and healing practices. Johanna shares her personal journey of Indigenizing her family structure, homeschooling her children, and cultivating herbal medicine. Johanna inspires us to be held by nature and in rooted relationships even in fast-paced urban settings like Brooklyn or Boston. Please consider purchasing amazing herbal blends for tea, smoking, and more from dropping-seeds.com! Resources & Recs from Johanna: Kim Tallbear on All My Relations Podcast God is Red by Vine Deloria Mil Mundos Books Follow Dropping Seeds on IG & FB This podcast was produced on Pawtucket and Massachussett land. Learn about the Indigenous lands you occupy here: https://native-land.ca/To support the show and/or Rebecca's PhD applications venmo @Rebecca-NunziatoAbout Johanna:Johanna migrated to America with her family in the 80’s. As a last generation Colombian, her upbringing under the 7 Train in Queens, NYC, was mostly in Spanish. As with many Central, South American and Caribbean countries, both of her Grandmothers were influential and always had a plant for every ailment. From very young, Johanna’s passion was creating. Her drive and determination lead her to graduate with a BFA from Parsons School of Design, only a couple months before Sept. 11. This global event would not only change the course of history but also propel her freelance design career into a full service branding studio with clients like Time Inc., CUNY, Afropunk, Department of Education, HighTimes and Sony Japan. In 2008, during the collapse of the housing bubble which led to the Great Recession, she closed up her design studio and decided to travel the world with her then partner SirRoan. These travels very synchronistically turned into studies of sacred plant medicine, Ayurveda & Curanderismo with different masters from Brazil to New Mexico to heal personal emotional traumas. Johanna has also received certification in Reiki Level 2, Integrated Energy Technique Advanced , a Wasteskun Meztli Canada Moon Dancer and a Vision Quester in Atlantida, Colombia.
66 minutes | Jun 22, 2022
Ancestral Traditions with Jamee Pineda Healing Arts
In this episode Rebecca is joined by Jamee Pineda for a conversation about ancestral healing, traditional medicines, and decolonial approaches to remembering and reclaiming knowledge and practices for collective liberation. Listen for insights about food, fractals, and an invitation to reject ideas of "purity" while embracing decolonial pathways for wellness in daily life. Support Jamee and QTBIOC healing on Patreon! https://www.patreon.com/JameePinedaHealingArtsAbout JameeJamee is a hilot binabaylan, acupuncturist, and Chinese medicine practitioner. With the combination of his lived experience and training, his goal is to help individuals and communities live their fullest lives by offering a decolonizing approach to medicine rooted in traditional and ancestral practices. He is the host The Decolonizing Medicine Podcast! Subscribe & listen now: https://open.spotify.com/show/6dTvGlwkri4s8KvLx5ZNVoLearn more here! http://www.jamee-pineda-lac.com/
40 minutes | Jan 18, 2022
Stories, Seeds, and Self Care with Diana Morales
In this episode Rebecca is joined by Diana Morales, Purepecha artist and a graduate student at UCLA. Diana generously shares stories from her family, her community, and from the earth. Tune in to hear Purepecha origins of the sacred tabaco plant, the power of seed memory and planting in community, and Diana's journey of self care and representation through art. About Diana MoralesDiana is a Purepecha migrant living in Santa Ana, CA Tongva and Achachemen territory. She is an indigenous artist and digital illustrator. She shares her work to highlight Purepecha culture in the diaspora and "to remind us that we are here with our stories, our language and our history. " Follow Diana and see her incredible work on IG @arte.es.medicina Buy beautiful stickers and prints by Diana here Support Diana's Masters Degree on GoFundMe herehttps://www.gofundme.com/f/help-diana-get-her-masters-in-teaching
52 minutes | Oct 3, 2021
Animal Medicine with Curandera Erika Buenaflor
Welcome to season 2 of Decolonize Everything podcast! In this episode Rebecca is joined by Curandera Erika Buenaflor to celebrate her fourth book, Animal Medicine: A Curanderismo Guide to Shapeshifting, Journeying, and Connecting with Animal Allies Listen to Erika's journey of embracing her gift as a healer. She offers insights and invitations around issues of appropriation and accessibility of ancient and contemporary Indigenous wisdom. Light a candle and some incense with Rebecca and enjoy a taste of all the profound research and experiences that Erika generously shares. Follow Erika on Instagram here Buy Animal Medicine or any other of Erika's books here Support this podcast by buying Rebecca coffee/books via Venmo: @Rebecca-Nunziato Subscribe, rate, review, share wherever you listen to stuff you love! Theme Music produced by TheRealPakman for Eating Beatz and all other music comes from Blue Dot Sessions.
59 minutes | Aug 23, 2021
Waking Up with Sara Nicole
This is the final episode of season 1 of Decolonize Everything and it's a very special episode.Rebecca is joined by her sister Sara Nicole Mendoza. Sara Nicole is a life coach who helps highly sensitive people and empaths learn to regulate their nervous system, and ultimately to step into their power and heal. In this episode Sara and Rebecca share laughter and lament. Sara offers insights and inspiration for those who are often "tempted to stay small," she even does some coaching on the spot and invites us all into deep engagement and work with our egos and energy.Sara and Rebecca are both first-generation graduate students: Sara is a master student at Naropa in the Mindfulness-Based Transpersonal Counseling program and she has her BA in psychology. They share struggles and successes while considering their privilege and opportunities to change the game. Listen now and be sure to follow and support Sara's work: Sara Nicole Instagram account. More wisdom dropped on her YouTube Channel. Learn more & book a coaching session with Sara here. Theme Music produced by TheRealPakman for Eating BeatzAll other music comes from Blue Dot Sessions (www.sessions.blue)So much gratitude to all listeners & supporters of this podcast! More coming soon in Season 2
44 minutes | May 29, 2021
Deconstructing DEI with Jenny Medrano
In this episode Jenny Medrano (she/they) joins Rebecca for a conversation about deconstructing DEI (diversity equity & inclusion) and envisioning "holistic liberation." Jenny offers practical tips, potential rituals, and profound insights for our path towards decolonization. Also: Join us in celebrating! Jenny has spent the last four years at Building Bridges and when we recorded this conversation she had yet to announce her transition off of the BB team. In addition to turning 30 in May 2021 she also will be focusing full-time on her own business: Jenny Medrano Coaching! Happy Birthday and congratulations, Jenny! Links from this episode: Building Bridges Maren Miller, Energy Healer Guided Wim Hof Method Breathing I referenced this IGTV when Jenny was talking about her rage after Adam Toledo and Daunte Wright in particular. Jenny mentioned this book, which I *always* recommend: Voices From the Ancestors Subscribe & follow along here: Facebook: @decolonizepodcast Instagram: @decolonizepodcast Twitter: @Decolonizepod Theme music produced by TheRealPakman for Eating BeatzAll other music from Blue Dot SessionsAbout Jenny Medrano:Jenny’s unique experience as a Latina leader in the city of Denver has fueled her passion for holistic liberation. With over a decade of experience in education, youth development and DEI (diversity, equity, inclusion) training, she has equipped hundreds of youth and adults with the tools to uproot systemic oppression in their personal and professional lives. She is especially passionate about supporting women and femmes of color in deprogramming their limiting beliefs, and toxic lifestyle habits.
32 minutes | May 11, 2021
Copal & Divinity School - Bonus Episode
In this bonus episode I offer critiques of colonial systems and academic assumptions about religion and medicine. I share a bit about my research and experience of an unfolding relationship with copal. The decolonial healing path continues to draw me in. I am deeply grateful and increasingly aware of all that I need to un-learn and re-learn. This is a project for a wonderful course I took this spring at Harvard Divinity School called "Religion and Healing: An Anthropological Perspective." I am really grateful for a chance to TALK. IT. OUT. (in the quiet, dark covid-19 cave). Because so much of this year of online school has been in very isolated conditions. So I get a bit nerdy. I'd love to hear what you think! References in this episode: Read Podcasting as Sacred Listening and Collective Liberation here: revista.drclas.harvard.edu/decolonize-everything-podcasting-as-sacred-listening-and-collective-liberation/ Read Sacred Smoke of Copal here:https://revista.drclas.harvard.edu/sacred-smoke-of-copal/ The Invention of World Religions, Tomoko Masuzawa: press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/chicago/I/bo3534198.html The History of the Conquest of New Spain by Bernal Diaz Del Castillo The work of archaeologist Leonardo Lopez Lujan: www.mesoweb.com/about/leonardo.html The brilliant teaching of Dr. Giovanna Parmigiani, lecture notes.hds.harvard.edu/people/giovanna-parmigiani ProjectoArtefakto Etsy Shop (and photo): www.etsy.com/shop/ProjectArtefakto Read more of Rebecca's writing here: www.rebeccamendozanunziato.com/writing Watch The Possibility of Spirits Documentary:https://vimeo.com/235886345 Audio features: Theme music produced by TheRealPakman for Eating Beatz Vicks Commercial from Cartoon Network 1994 Emerge-C Ad Grupo Tlaloc Danzantes All other music from Blue Dot Sessions Subscribe & follow along here: Facebook: @decolonizepodcast Instagram: @decolonizepodcast Twitter: @Decolonizepod Buy Rebecca coffee/books via Venmo: @Rebecca-Nunziato Thanks for listening to Decolonize Everything!
62 minutes | Apr 8, 2021
Decolonize Car Culture with Jonathon Stalls
Have you thought about the way that our transportation systems are colonial? The violence of our cars?On this episode, Jonathon Stalls speaks about "unhurried movement" and every-day opportunities for connection and action in the face of a violent car-centric society. Join the sacred circle as Jonathon and I explore how walking/rolling/moving has transformed our experiences of self and relationship with the earth. Jonathon graciously shares his own encounters with life, death, spirituality, and growth. About our incredible guest:Jonathon Stalls spent 242 days walking across the United States in 2010 and has continued to move alongside thousands of people for thousands of miles. He is an artist, social entrepreneur, advocate for social, economic, and racial justice, LGBTQIA+, Creator of Intrinsic Paths and Pedestrian Dignity, and Founder/Member of the Walk2Connect Co-op. Learn more and support Jonathon here: www.Patreon.com/IntrinsicPaths Photography by Art HeffronThanks for listening to Decolonize Everything!Subscribe & follow along here: Facebook: @decolonizepodcast Instagram: @decolonizepodcast Twitter: @Decolonizepod Support the show via Venmo: @Rebecca-Nunziato New theme music produced by TheRealPakman for Eating BeatzAll other music from Blue Dot Sessions
33 minutes | Feb 22, 2021
Family: Reframing Foster Care with Natasha
In this episode I’m in dialogue with a fellow woman of color podcaster, Natasha Pepperl. Natasha is a foster mom to a teen girl and as a woman of color, she is passionate about finding and sharing diverse perspectives when it comes to foster care. On this episode we push the edges of our definitions of family, discuss how to care for one another to sustain good work, and we confront power-dynamics and white-savior complex in foster families!Go learn more about Natasha and Just As Special: Website: justasspecial.com for resources Check out the blog post: First Steps to Getting Involved in Foster Care Subscribe to the podcast! Follow Just As Special on Facebook and Instagram New theme music produced by TheRealPakman for Eating Beatz All other music from Blue Dot SessionsSubscribe & follow along here: Facebook: @decolonizepodcast Instagram: @decolonizepodcast Twitter: @Decolonizepod Support the show via Venmo: @Rebecca-Nunziato
12 minutes | Dec 23, 2020
Tending My Altar - End of 2020 BONUS
This is a short audio piece from October 2020 that I created for a Harvard Divinity School spiritual practice "pop-up." As you can see from the last two episodes, I learned a lot of this from Maria and Denise and continue to humbly work towards decolonizing my own spirituality through tending to my altar. As an end of 2020 bonus I want to thank everyone who has come on the show, subscribed, rated, reviewed, listened, and shared!Thank you for joining me in this creative pursuit to listen well, share practical tips and radical ideas for decolonization, and hold space for a virtual sacred circle with all of you.Subscribe & follow along here: https://www.facebook.com/decolonizepodcast https://www.instagram.com/decolonizepodcast/ https://twitter.com/Decolonizepod Venmo: @Rebecca-Nunziato Music in this episode:Static City Drumline by Blue Dot SessionsOpen Flames by Blue Dot Sessions
25 minutes | Dec 23, 2020
Healing with Maria & Denise (Part II)
The second part of Rebecca's conversation with Maria Sierra & Denise Vaughn. To fully engage this conversation go back and start at part one.In this episode we discuss creating and tending an altar as a sacred space and a practice for decolonizing our healing and spirituality. Also check out the bonus episode (right after this!) about Rebecca's altar and reflections after learning from this conversation and beginning this practice.Some of the good stuff referenced: Voices of the Ancestors - book referenced by Rebecca Resmaa Menakem Ruha Benjamin: Race After Technology Follow Maria here & Denise here Subscribe & follow along here: https://www.facebook.com/decolonizepodcast https://www.instagram.com/decolonizepodcast/ https://twitter.com/Decolonizepod Venmo: @Rebecca-Nunziato Music in this episode:Static City Drumline by Blue Dot SessionsOpen Flames by Blue Dot SessionsMatamoscas by Blue Dot Sessions
31 minutes | Nov 20, 2020
Healing with Maria & Denise (Part I)
Maria Sierra & Denise Vaughn join Rebecca for a virtual sacred circle to discuss decolonizing our understanding of healing. Denise and Maria have been social work professionals for over 25 years and have started to deconstruct the space from many angles. In this episode (part I of the series) we talk about social work, healing-centered engagement, and the ways that we have become more embodied and present to our ancestral and spiritual lineages.Some of the good stuff referenced: Resmaa Menakem Healing-Centered Engagement Ancestral Medicine Recovering Your Sacredness Follow Maria here & Denise here Subscribe & follow along here: https://www.facebook.com/decolonizepodcast https://www.instagram.com/decolonizepodcast/ https://twitter.com/Decolonizepod Venmo: @Rebecca-Nunziato Music in this episode:Static City Drumline by Blue Dot SessionsChilvat by Blue Dot SessionsMatamoscas by Blue Dot Sessions
28 minutes | Oct 24, 2020
Colonialism & COVID-19 with Alejandra Salemi
Alejandra (Ale) Salemi, MPH joins Rebecca for a conversation on COVID and Colonization.After graduating with her Masters in Public Health, Ale spent summer 2020 deployed as a contract tracer for the state of Florida during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.We start this show with some time in a virtual sacred circle to breathe and reflect before we dive in to a heavy topic.Tune in to hear Ale share how the disease disproportionately is harming migrant workers in Florida and gives insights into the way colonialism has affected BIPOC communities and our health and well-being. She also offers a vision for a world where doctors, researchers, and clinicians come from diverse backgrounds, a future with empowered indigenous heath-care professionals who serve their communities from within. Now as a student at Harvard Divinity School, Ale is committed to bringing this vision to life through her own work bridging religion and public health.Be sure to give Ale all the love & follow her work here: Blog: Healing Theology Facebook & Instagram & Twitter @alesalemi15 Podcast recommendation from Ale: https://www.jhsph.edu/podcasts/public-health-on-call/You can support the show via venmo: @Rebecca-NunziatoAnd join the conversation on social media : • Facebook • Instagram • Twitter
30 minutes | Sep 29, 2020
The Academy with Dr. Derrick Hudson
Should we get rid of the whole idea of tenure? How is the academy a tool of capitalism?In this episode of Decolonize Everything Dr. Derrick Hudson joins Rebecca in the studio for a conversation about higher education and the institutionalization of learning, wisdom, and knowledge. We had a blast starting the conversation about rethinking tenure, academic journals, and the framework of "publish or perish" that drives the modern higher education system. Colonization and capitalism have truly affected the way that we show up as students, teachers, and learners and so this episode helps us pull back the curtain on these often unseen forces at play.Learn more about Dr. Derrick Hudson here: https://hass.mines.edu/project/hudson-derrick/Note: Since recording this episode in July 2020 I have started my graduate program at Harvard and Derrick is working on the Center for Race, Culture, and Society and Colorado School of Mines. It was such a gift to pause during this moment and capture Derrick's perspectives during the COVID-19 pandemic and the shifting social fabric of our U.S. society.Subscribe & follow here: https://www.facebook.com/decolonizepodcast https://www.instagram.com/decolonizepodcast/ https://twitter.com/Decolonizepod Venmo: @Rebecca-Nunziato to support the show!
20 minutes | Sep 18, 2020
Denver Disparities with LaQueta McCauley - Bonus Episode
Talking to LaQueta McCauley about #BLM in Episode 1 was just TOO GOOD, so I couldn't help but share this rest of this conversation.In this episode we talk about Denver which LaQueta calls "a place for white people to have fun." While this is a Denver specific episode, this episode can be seen as a peek into a particular story that has a lot to teach us about the universal reality of urban gentrification and white supremacy in our systems.Tune in for insights on gentrification + education + entertainment + so much more. Follow LaQueta here Recorded at House of Pod Donate to the show via Venmo @Rebecca-Nunziato
63 minutes | Sep 8, 2020
The Movement: Black Women Take Back The Narrative
In the wake of the murders of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and countless other black lives lost to police and state-sponsored violence, we have seen a social uprising alongside #BlackLivesMatter. This has been and will continue to be a defining moment in our shared memory of the summer of 2020 and COVID-19. But who is telling the stories of this moment? Capturing the wisdom and insights from marginalized communities? Directly impacted communities must be amplified, so this episode was created to honor the black leaders, teachers, organizers, and everyday people who are regularly erased and silenced.Today I call up black women in Denver, friends and new acquaintances, to pass them the mic and create a virtual circle to hold stories of strength and suffering and to behold the wisdom of these diverse speakers.Tune in to listen, learn, laugh, and more. Let's decolonize together. This episode features the following voices in order of appearance: Jasmine Shant'a Johnson, read more about Oya spirit Yvette Plummer Burkhalter, Thrive Center Denver (click here to donate!) LaQueta McCauley, follow on IG & Facebook*** ***Coming soon: extended interview/bonus episode with LaQueta McCauley on disparities in in Denver from the perspective of a single black mom, entrepreneur, and activist in Denver. Subscribe & follow along here: https://www.facebook.com/decolonizepodcast https://www.instagram.com/decolonizepodcast/ https://twitter.com/Decolonizepod Venmo: @Rebecca-Nunziato to support the show!
10 minutes | Aug 26, 2020
Welcome to Decolonize Everything!
Have you considered how colonization affects all sectors of society?Well, you might now. Welcome to Decolonize Everything, a podcast to start conversations about decolonization on a variety of topics with a variety of voices. This teaser features the following voices in order of appearance: Hon. Darleen Ortega Dr. Derrick Hudson LaQueta McCauley Shant'a Johnson Here's a taste of season 1! I hope you'll join me and the broader community in disrupting the status quo. This podcast seeks to support and foster new consciousness & liberation through practical tips + radical Ideas.Subscribe & follow along here: https://www.facebook.com/decolonizepodcast https://www.instagram.com/decolonizepodcast/ https://twitter.com/Decolonizepod