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Episode #55 Indigenous Horror - The Dead Can’t Dance (2010) & Blood Quantum (2019)

Updated: Jul 18, 2023



In celebration of National Indigenous month here in Canada this episode will be looking at indigenous horror and talking about zombies, COVID-19, marginalized communities and the destructive impact of colonialism on indigenous communities in the two films The Dead Can’t Dance (2010) and Blood Quantum (2019)


So pick your poison and listen on….IF YOU DARE.


Enjoy and welcome to our dark side…


Intro/Outro Music: Kiss of the Creature by Dance with the Dead

Artwork by: Jess Hrycyk

Editing work by: Jessica


LINKS TO PODCAST APPS/WHERE CAN LISTEN:



THE SPINSTER’S LIBRARY


Carlson, Thor Keith. “A Brief and Brutal History of Canadian Colonialism” The Tyee.ca June 17 2021


Int J Environ Res Public Health “Canada’s Colonial Genocide of Indigenous Peoples: Review of the Psychosocial and Neurobiological Processes Linking Trauma and Intergenerational Outcomes” National Library of Medicine, June 2022.


Mariani, Mike. “The Tragic, Forgotten History of Zombies” The Atlantic.com October 28 2015


Eschner, Kat. “Zombie Movies are never really about Zombies” Smithsonian Magazine, October 30 2017


Agency of Canada Statement, “CPHO Sunday Edition: The Impact of COVID-19 on Racialized Communities” Public Health Agency of Canada, February 21 2021


Behav, Vocat J. “The impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on marginalized populations in the United States: A research agenda” National Library of Medicine, June 2020.


Welch, Jessie. “Impacts of COVID on Navajo Nation” The Indigenous Foundation.org, 2023 https://www.theindigenousfoundation.org/articles/covid-on-navajo-nation


Rice, Kyle. “Blood Quantum and its role in Native Identity” The Indigenous Foundation.org, 2023 https://www.theindigenousfoundation.org/articles/bloodquantum


“Blood Quantum and Sovereignty: A Guide” Native Governance Center.org 2023 https://nativegov.org/resources/blood-quantum-and-sovereignty-a-guide/


Crucchiola, Jordan. “Jeff Barnabay Made an Apocalypse Movie to Watch the System Fall. Then a Pandemic Hit.” Vulture.com May 6 2020. https://www.vulture.com/2020/05/jeff-barnaby-is-worried-white-people-wont-get-blood-quantum.html


Dyer, Kester. “Anticipating The Colonial Apocalypse Jeff’s Barnaby’s Blood Quantum” Pandemic Media. 2023 https://pandemicmedia.meson.press/chapters/activism-sociability/anticipating-the-colonial-apocalypse-jeff-barnabys-blood-quantum/


Murray, L Robin. & Heumann K. Joseph. “The Dead Can’t Dance and Blood Quantum: Contrasting Indigenous Visions of the Zombie Apocalypse” Film, Environment, Comedy 1.st Edition, 2022. https://www.taylorfrancis.com/chapters/mono/10.4324/9781003282136-7/dead-dance-blood-quantum-robin-murray-joseph-heumann


NEXT MONTH’S EPISODE ANNOUNCEMENT:


Next month we are celebrating our FIVE YEAR ANNIVERSARY! That’s right folks, we have been in your ear holes for five years. And to commemorate the occasion, we are going back in time and revisiting/rerecording our very first episode: Women Love Horror! The last five years have been quite the incredible journey for both of us, so we can’t wait to celebrate with you dear listeners.




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