In this episode, we hear from Valentina Vavages-Andrew – Tribal member of Tohono O’odham, STEM Educator, Podcaster, and Musician. Valentina explains how her experience as an activist propelled her to create a platform for her community to share their experiences through radio and podcasting. She reveals “check-point trauma” has affected generations of Tohono O’odham people while also describing her personal experiences when coming across Border agents. Valentina takes us back to her childhood and family history when explaining her “artistic root.” We learn of her musical family history and how those influences have been celebrated through the Tohono O’odham Young Voices Podcast. Finally, Valentina talks about what is “moving her” at this moment and how her Project Creosote grant will help propel the next phases of the Tohono O’odham Young Voices Podcast!
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