The Live From The Rez Podcast

Native American Perspective on Indigenous Issues coming Live From The Rez!

Episode 26: Magician Kenny Shelton Jr. Live From The Rez

February 11th, 2022

Native Magician Kenny Shelton Jr stops by the studio to share his journey as a Magician and street performer. Kenny Shelton Jr. is a member of the Viejas Band of Kumeyaay, where he was born and raised. For the past 25 years Shelton has been learning and sharing Magic, and in this episode Kenny shares a couple tricks for all to take participate . Kenny Shelton Jr also shares his experiences working in professional haunted houses, and his new found art as a bead Worker. Prepare to be amazed at the wonder that is Magic with Kenny Shelton Jr... Live From The Rez!!

Episode 25: Dr. Paul Cuero Jr. Live From The Rez Podcast

February 2nd, 2022

Live From The Rez Podcast welcomes Kumeyaay Leader Dr. Paul Cuero Jr.  Paul Cuero JR. is a member of the Campo Band of Kumeyaay. He is a respected Lead Bird Singer of the Kumeyaay People, educator, Peon Player, Traditional Oral Historian, Story teller, and Past Tribal Chairman. In this episode Cuero shares Kumeyaay history and philosophy, as well as many stories of his journey to becoming a Lead cultural practitioner.

Episode 24: LIL STONE

January 25th, 2022

Native American Recording Artist LIL STONE visits the Live From The Rez Podcast to talk about his upcoming album "Ambitionz" . LIL STONE shares his journey as  Native Musician; learning traditional Bird Songs, and developing as a modern rapper. Raised on the Viejas Indian Rez, LIL STONE is a member of the Kumeyaay Nation of Southern California.


Episode 23: Shane Norte and Matz: Native Ceremony and Medicinal Hallucinogens | Live From The Rez Podcast

February 10th, 2021
Shane Norte drops into the Live From the Rez Studio with guest Mark Matz to discuss Ceremony, and Hallucinogen use as medicine. Norte is a spiritual leader and the leader of the Church of The People for Creator and Mother Earth or "Church OTPFCME". Norte is a Decriminalizing Nature National Board Member. Norte, a member of the Morongo Band of Indians brings friend Mark Matz to share experiences using Hallucinogens as medicinal therapy for a wide range of issues such as Post Traumatic Stress. Mark Matz of is a former Navy Seal who has spent time experimenting various methods of healing before becoming an advocate for The Church OTPFCM.


Episode 22: Jonathan Joss and Adrian Brown

November 29th, 2020

Viejas Tribal Council Member Adrian Brown and Native Actor Jonathan Joss stop into the Live From The Rez Studio. Jonathan Joss is best known for portraying the voice of John Redcorn from the animated series King of the Hill, and for his recurring role as Chief Ken Hotate in the hit show Parks and Recreation. Adrian Brown, currently a Tribal Leader within his Reservation, is renowned for his work around film and music. Together, these two charismatic Natives share stories for the road, and the importance of Native American Representation in film and popular culture.

Episode 21: Comedians Mylo Wayne Smith Jr. and Joe Durbin

November 29th, 2020

Native Personality Joseph Durbin and Native Comedian MYLO Wayne Smith Jr Stop into Live From The Rez Studios to share some healing stories from the trail. Topics include: Native Activism, Native Protest Culture, Ceremony, Healing, Native Funerals, and a slew of other related topics. Special Guest appearance by Manapi’s traveling spirit. 

Episode 20: Arkamez Blankenship- Bird Singing and Cultural Preservation

November 29th, 2020

Cultural Preservationist Arkamez Blankenship stops in to share his journey as an active member of the Morongo Bird Singers. The Morongo Bird Singers, lead by acclaimed Elder Singer Walter Holmes, travel throughout Indian Country sharing their traditional cycle of Cahuilla Bird. In this episode, Arkamez shares his journey as a Bird Singer and some of the history and protocols around the Bird Song tradition. Arkamez is a respected educator, historian, linguist, Peon Player, and champion Meme maker.

Episode 19: Traditional Singer Daniel Murphy

September 1st, 2020

Traditional Singer Dan “The Tin Can Man” Murphy stops in to share his journey as a Pipa Tipai Song Cycle master singer and cultural Practitioner. Daniel Murphy is a member of the Quechan Nation , who devotes himself to the cultural heritage of the Yuman people. Dan Talks about his journey as a singer learning, participating, and now leading. Dan also shares insight into what the culture is now.  

Episode 18: Anthony Tesam shares his experience with Tribal Blood Qauntum and Tribal Enrollment

September 1st, 2020

Anthony “Kickstand” TeSam stops by the Live From The Rez Studio to share his experiences with Tribal Enrollment policies, education, Mixed Martial Arts, and a few stories from The Rez.
Anthony TeSam is from the Kumeyaay Nation, and has lived his life on the Viejas Indian Reservation. Despite Tesam's tribal upbringing, and Tribal Blood Lineage, he has also had struggled to be enrolled into a Federally Recognized Tribe.  

Episode 17: Native Contruction Entrepenuer Roberto Torres

September 1st, 2020

Roberto Torres stops in to share his professional journey in becoming a contruction company owner and contractor.  included in this discussion is a conversation about Native American generational wealth and higher education. “Berto” shares his personal aspirations as a father and the goal of one day creating a non profit directed at helping new fathers. Along with a few stories from the Rez, “Berto” also shares stories of his upbringing, including the making of the traditional Kumeyaay Food “Shawii”.. made out of Acorns.  

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