Competitive weightlifting is about more than just strength. Stepping away from the rack with a weight you know you’ve never managed before also takes mental preparedness and technique. It’s a sport dominated by men, but the number of female lifters is growing. A First Nations woman just became the first Indigenous female lifter in Canada to earn a pro card. Today on Native America Calling, Shawn Spruce talks with Indigenous female strongwoman Angela Houle (member of the Whitefish Lake First Nation); Aboriginal artist and powerlifter Zoe Raymond (Yindjibarndi and Pinikura), and Monica Chaffin (Diné), hospice nurse, TikTok extraordinaire, and powerlifter about what draws them to the sport and what keeps them going.
Break 1 music: Strong Native Women (song) Karina Møller (artist) Simplify (album)
Break 2 music: Hey wuwhi (Switch Song) (song) Judy Trejo (artist) Circle Dance Songs of the Paiute and Shoshone (album)