In her art, Tamara Podemski channels the survival of her ancestors—both Jewish and Indigenous

Tamara Podemski stars as Teenie in the FX series Reservation Dogs. (Photo credit: Shane Brown/FX)

As the descendent of Holocaust and residential school survivors, Tamara Podemski understands generational trauma better than most. She grew up hearing those stories and internalizing those struggles, and now carries these themes in her work as an actress and singer—along with her personal experiences living in ethnic societies that didn’t always accept her, including Jewish spaces.

Podemski joins Rivkush, our podcast featuring Jews of colour sitting down for in-depth conversations, to discuss her rocky upbringing in Jewish Toronto, her connection to traditional First Nations territories and her upcoming role in the second season of the hit FX series Reservation Dogs.


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