On Belonging

On Belonging

On Belonging: an audio series to connect us, part conversation and part storytelling, hosts carla joy bergman and Jamie-Leigh Gonzales ask their guests to explore why so many of us are feeling called to find a deeper sense of belonging, whether with our ancestors or to the land where we live, and beyond. In the many landscapes across the world, each of us walk pathways that take us to the edges of possibility, finding belonging and collective thriving along the way. Support our Work: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/groundedfutures

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January 29, 2024 71 mins

Two moss loving friends talk about being moms who make art with community as a way to cultivate connections in a world that aims to divide us. carla and Jamie-Leigh also dive into feeling-thinking together about what each discovered in themselves while making On Belonging— ending with an invitation to you, the listener, to reflect on what it means to belong. 

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Patrick Pouponneau joins Jamie-Leigh in conversation to explore ideas around place-based belonging within diasporic identity, carrying our ancestors with us as a tool for healing, and how being Black in really White places can hinder the process. A conversation which ultimately inspired Patrick to write a powerful poem to further explore his own connection to belonging, which is also featured in this audio story.

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January 29, 2024 35 mins

In this story, rowan ewanyshyn reads a timeline bending narration that blurs the lines of life and death to bring us closer to ancestors known and unknown. Painting vivid scenes of memories, visions, and dreams, we explore rowan’s own turbulent path towards healing ancestral pain woven with threads of softening masculinity, embracing grief, and ultimately finding belonging amidst the uncertain. 

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Elia, who grew up in Lebanon, takes us on a profound journey across lands, cultures, and into liminality— both the in-between and the periphery— where he feels belonging has the potential to be more generative. Through the lens of radical histories and cultural studies, Elia discusses a myriad of topics and ideas, such as: languages, autism, social constructs, whiteness, diaspora connections, some current passions, and more. Throug...

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Grounding in land, ceremony, and ancestry, Klee narrates a poetically powerful and honest story, one that brings us to the root of this conversation about belonging. In Klee’s words: “for Mother Earth to flourish, settler failure is necessary.” Moving beautifully  between genres, Klee’s words are medicine — an offering to move us towards deepening mutuality and collective liberation.

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Klee Benally passed peacefully on Dec. 30, ...

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April joins carla and Jamie-Leigh in a joyful conversation about broadening our perspectives of what ancestry can be, and who and what it includes. They discuss the potential of technology to facilitate connections, as well as a need for grounding amongst/within the more-than-human kin around us. Exploring these expansions of radical ancestry as a way to create more harmonious and just futures.

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Webs of Connectivity begins with a poetic narration by Sophie and then flows into a deep conversation with carla.  Sophie speaks to the importance of making and unmaking worlds within a practice of presence, and shares some potential pathways towards opening ourselves up to surprises within every moment or interaction so we can deepen our innate belonging. She also points to the very real horrors that lurk within the realities...

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December 20, 2023 39 mins

This story opens with a dreamy narration by Coulee Ross that moves into a conversation between Coulee and Jamie-Leigh. Through auditory exploration, Coulee lands us in a world where all beings inherently belong. In the follow up conversation, they look at how ongoing colonialism challenges the narrative of belonging and how reciprocity and kinship are salves we can use across time and space.

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December 20, 2023 32 mins

Ancestors of Place is Dani’s beautiful and ghostly pilgrimage across lands and water, weaving together an intricate tapestry of what it means to explore ancestry and belonging amidst fractured histories, colonialisms, patriarchy, and capitalism — while searching for a deeper sense of home.

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