Kyra Empowers Native Youth Through Podcasting

 

By: Evie Caldwell

Kyra Antone stands in a field with a handful of dirt Digital Technology and Culture student and Coeur D’Alene and Tohono O’odham tribal member Kyra Antone was recently selected for a three-year internship with Voices to Hear, a multimedia design learning project that aspires to empower Native American youth. The project aims to use the oral tradition of storytelling to benefit Native American students by asking them to reflect on environmental decision-making processes in their communities.

The Voices to Hear project is a partnership between the Coeur d’Alene Tribe, University of Idaho, and State University of New York at Buffalo. The overarching goal of Voices to Hear is to deepen the connections between future Native American decision-makers and their land, their communities, and the scientific processes directly related to their everyday lives.

While interning with Voices to Hear, Kyra will be applying the research techniques she has learned through her Digital Technology and Culture courses for the next three years. She will be mentoring Native American middle and high school students and assisting with the production of high-quality, three to five minute audio podcasts. By helping students create podcasts, Kyra will be using her knowledge of different digital mediums and gaining valuable media production experience. Additionally, she will be making a difference in Native American communities.

Along with her involvement with Voices to Hear, Kyra is active in many extracurricular activities and student organizations. As President of the Native American Women’s Association, Kyra plans meetings, delegates tasks, and networks with other organizations. The goal of the Native American Women’s Association is to bring awareness to issues indigenous women face and to assist indigenous women in obtaining leadership roles. Kyra is also ASWSU Ku-Ah-Mah Powwow Committee Chair, an Elson S. Floyd Student Advisory Board Member, and an Elson S. Floyd Building Attendant.

For all her hard work on and off-campus, Kyra was awarded the 2019 DTC Leadership and Community Service Award.