Hi. I’m Adam Williams, creator and host of Humanitou, a podcast that empowers connection through conversations of humanness and creativity.
Today, I’m talking with Inaiah Lujan, a multifaceted and prolific creator.
Music is at the heart of his work. In fact, he might be most widely known for his time with a folk band he co-founded, The Haunted Windchimes. The Chimes had a strong 10-year run. That eventually gave out. We’ll talk about what happened.
More recently, Inaiah wrapped up his first season of a web series called “Hanging Out with Inaiah Lujan.” The finale episode included a short-film premiere and the release of a new album of rare and previously unreleased recordings: “American Dreamer, Vol. 1.” You can check the show notes on our website for those links.
Inaiah also recently finished the first season of his new podcast, Cast the Line, an interview series about creative process and wellness. So … he’s no stranger to having deep, meaningful conversations, like the one you’re about to listen to here.
I love this conversation with Inaiah for many reasons. … There’s a lot of wisdom born of lived experience and honest self-reflection in what he shares, things that we can take to heart in how we look at — and love and accept — ourselves. Things that are helpful to us in our processes as creators and, probably most importantly, as humans.
We talk about his growing up on the Navajo Nation in Arizona as part of a non-Navajo family. We talk about impostor syndrome, authenticity, rebellion and Inaiah’s experiences with sweat lodge ceremonies.
Inaiah also defines success and dispels the myth about being a “Jack of all trades, master of none.” He shares about a band breakup and getting divorced.
And he shines light on mental health, overcoming shame, practices of loving oneself … and the act of living as nothing short of magic.
Ultimately, Inaiah offers us so many gems that I think you’ll want to be ready to write them down, so you can tape them to your bathroom mirror or to the dashboard in your car … or to wherever you’ll be reminded of what’s really what in this life … and that it’s more than OK to be who you are.
So here we go … my conversation with Inaiah Lujan.
Episode 11 Show Notes
Connect with Inaiah Lujan:
Inaiah Lujan on Bandcamp: inaiahlujan.bandcamp.com
Inaiah Lujan on Instagram: @inaiahalujan
Inaiah Lujan on Facebook: facebook.com/InaiahLujanMusic
Connect with Adam Williams / Humanitou:
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