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…..with Miserous and Mumford
CULTURE – Heeey ladies & gentlemen, I am Dougie Rain a.k.a Miserous on the Edmonton based radio station 98.5 CFWE’s Heartbeat of Nations! Join my brother Mumford and I as we celebrate the ideas behind powwow and showcase powwow tunage. In-between sets we let the satire and sarcastic boom begin. Usually about how most times at a powwow, snagging becomes a huge focus for many of the ndn singles.
Mumford and I aren’t known for being the bearers of wisdom, but we do make our ill attempts at being witty for the purpose of bringing about awareness on various issues with our dedication songs at end of the program.
How long as has the show been on air? The show has been on the air for a couple years before being asked to host the program. In fact it was Siksika Nation member Bert Crowfoot, CEO of the Aboriginal Multi-Media Society of Alberta that asked if I would be interested to host the one hour show with my big brother Donny Rain who I so brilliantly re-named Mumford, and we’ve been hosting the program since July 2013.
Tell us a lil about yourself and the bro: Mumford and I have dancing and singing powwow because we were born into the lifestyle. How long? Well it feels like such a long time because we’ve been around long enough to watch powwows early in its growth and rise to international interest and popularity, but I won’t say exactly how long. While I’m here and Mumford is defenceless…I danced Traditional first.
It was actually on Facebook that I made public my dear older brother’s name Mumford. My brother Donny has made quite the name for himself becoming an accomplished champion dancer. Donny who is the oldest of my parents’ children, was the first to walk, the first to get a football helmet (he never played football), the first to get kissed by a girl, the first, the first oh my gawsh just the dang first! Being the first, he was also the self proclaimed know it first as well and had much to say around the house as children.
I was a hot headed, scrawny, tiny kid with a noticeable stammer that Mumford reminded me I did most of the time. Being so temperamental I responded not by brawn but by brain and did what any child does to an older sibling, I annoyed him. I called him every name I could think of but his own given name. Boseephus, Zeke, Jebediah, Franklin, Gumby, Cornelious, Mulligan to which the only response I got from dear brother was a lot of cuss words and shoes thrown at me.
About five years ago, on a fine Sunday morning at a powwow, before the sun was high; the seagull grandfathers soared and cried victory at the spoils of the weekend lay all around the ground, when I saw dear brother walk by with a steaming cup of java. In an ill attempt to kindly ask where he got his cup I hollered, “Hey Mumford…”. There were no cuss words, no shoes to throw at me, he turned with a look of absolute aggravation, “…what?!” Because he actually answered to it I thought it would just be the grandest thing to stick with a name that he answers to.
Theme of the show: We don’t have any one particular theme to the one hour radio program; we just like to bring the lighter side of powwows and bring a different side rather than be an excessively dry overly stoic…ahhh you know what I mean. Although our show is only one hour, we don’t have any contests or any special interviews. Ultimately a personal goal of ours is to increase our fan base for the show and eventually bump up air time.
TOP TEN: One of our favourite features on the show is our top ten list, and it’s always about the ups and downs, fictional and facts about powwow snagging. In the past our lists have included; Top 10 snaggin’ lines, Top 10 reasons to keep your snag from last summer, Top 10 things to get ready for this summer’s powwow snaggin’. It’s fairly easy to always come up with a new list every week considering that we were young once and had our own personal failures to chuckle about.
Just to remind everyone, there are a few ways to catch our radio program:
- NEW Shows airing on Saturdays at 7am, replaying Sunday at 10am and Tuesday at 10pm
- Radio – if you’re local in Edmonton we’re on 98.5 fm
- Online – live streaming at http://cfwefm.streamon.fm/
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Advice: Aside from have fun at powwows, I think Mumford can agree when I ask the young people and dancers new to powwow to be mindful of those sitting as spectators. We believe that if powwows are going to be competitive, let the competition be friendly. And enjoy each other’s company. Be more than just beads and feathers, pay homage to those who left this world long ago and honour them when you dance and sing.
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