Episode 3: Aaron Biehl

Episode number 3 features my youngest brother, Aaron Biehl. He is the youngest of us all by far – about 10 years younger than the rest of the larger group. His experience as white-passing Alaska Native man is very interesting (aren’t they all). He discusses his first experience of being identified as not white, his desire for a motorcycle trip through BC to commune with our land. And much more!

I talk a little too much blood quantum (a.k.a. genocide) and how I found out that I was the wrong kind of Indian (dot versus feather – or totem pole?). In fact, I think I talk a little too much. So you get to learn more about me.

Learn more from the Podcast

Robert EvansBehind the Bastards

Aaron turned me on to this podcast. Robert Evans is a white guy who does not sound like nails on a chalk board. When I am feeling angry and wanting to wallow in the angry, I listen to this podcast.

This podcast looks deep into the history of the worst people who have ever walked this earth, with the help of a special guest. It ranges from well known bastards – Stalin, Hitler, Mark Zuckerberg, to lesser known bastards like John McAfee (the anti-virus dude), Andrew Wakefield (the anti-vax doctor) and George Lincoln Rockwell ( the grandfather of all modern fascists).

My favorite series is probably the one on Ron L. Hubbard or The Accidental Genocide of the Andaman Islands (featuring Yo is this Racists’ Andre Ti).

WARNING – it is very explicit. And also VERY good.

CastlevaniaNetflix

An original Netflix series based on a 1986 video game. A Vampire Hunter – who is a vampire himself – fights Dracula and his armies to save the future of humankind.

Bootleg UniverseAdi Shankar

Oh man … so, I watched the Power Rangers Bootleg, as research for this post. Now all I want to do is finish this blog post and watch everything else that Adi Shankar has done, ever. If the rest of this blog seems phoned in … you know why.

I used to introduce Aaron too cool things from Metric to The Aquabats, so he could be that pretentious kid who said, “Yeah, I’ve been into that since I was 5 year old,” but it was true. I stopped being cool about 10 years ago, thank goodness I have a lit Millennial brother to keep me in the know.

Malazan Book of the Fallen – Steven Erickson

Aaron suggests this book as an example of a white man with the ability to write a perspective that is not their own and do it well. It is now on my library list.

Wheel of Time – Robert Jordan

This it the opposite. This is the example of a white man who struggles to write a realistic character, who is not a white man.

As Aaron mentioned, everyone of us kids read these books growing up. I stopped at book 6 or 5. They were thousands and thousands of pages and I just started getting bored waiting for the next book to come out.

Tsimshian Stories – recorded by William Beynon

William Beynon in 1915
Picture from Wikipedia

These stories were Aaron’s bedtime stories. They are now my children’s.

In the 80’s my great Uncle Russel and other from the Metlakatla Indian Community went to Columbia University to record and reprint many of the stories originally recorded by William Beynon. I have had the opportunity to hold his papers in my hands, my mother and I visited the special papers collection at Columbia University. It was an amazing experience.

Beynon was an anthropologist who recorded many of the traditional ceremonies, practices and beliefs, as well as the stories and histories of the Tsimshian Nation. He was mixed too. Tsimshian (Luxgibuu of the Gitlaan and Nisga’a tribes) and Welsh.

Maybe I’ll do a research episode on him. What do you think of episodes where I report about historical mixed race people?

Vicious – S.E. Schawb

Villains are only villains depending on your perspective. A villain does not wake up saying, “I am looking forward to being a villain today.” Villains believe that they are doing good (maybe only for themselves, others truly believe they are making the world a better place). This book tackles this concept in a page-turner.

I read this book in 3 days. I have two small children and not a ton of time. I lost a lot of sleep while reading this book. It is so well written and engaging. I could not put it down.

Legion

Based on the Marvel comic character from X-men universe. David Haller was diagnosed with schizophrenia at a young age and has been a patient in various psychiatric hospitals. After Haller has an encounter with a fellow psychiatric patient, he is confronted with the possibility that there may be more to him than mental illness.

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