FAFSWAG // The Bannock Babes // Icesis Couture + Kiki Coe + Kimmy Dymond // Mx.Wolverine // Quanah Style // Dioganhdih // Melody McKiver // Nico Williams + Dayna Danger // Logan MacDonald // Stephanie Jewel // Jet Morgana + Darin Gray // Mr. Leather Ottawa + Mr. Ottawa Bear
*Hosted by Alik Beavers, Jessica Wolfe, & Cleo Longaria Starr
The worlds first ever 2-Spirit Ball!
2-Spirit is an umbrella term for Indigenous peoples that identify with the GLBTQ+ community. Although it is a contemporary term created in the 90’s, it acknowledges that diverse understandings of gender roles and sexuality exist within our Indigenous traditions in North America. We envision that this event will highlight Indigiqueer culture from across Turtle Island and abroad, and that it will celebrate 2-Spirit artists in a variety of practices, such as drag, dance, vogue, music, spoken word, and performance art.
Curated by Christopher Wong
Natasha Keating + Asinnajaq
Sat./Sun. Aug. 10 & 11
Fri./Sat./Sun. Aug. 16, 17, & 18
12-5pm each day
A woman who is the head of a family or tribe.
An woman who is powerful within a family or organization.
Synonyms: female ruler, mother, queen, head of the family, dignified woman, grande dame, ancestress
Natasha Keating (Maori) and Asinnajaq (Inuit) are both Indigenous artists creating strong, positive representations of women, restoring traditional arts, and telling stories that overcome stereotypes and celebrate their respective cultures in a way that empowers women. Natasha’s work reclaims images of Maori women captured in mythology using recycled native wood, infusing imagery of traditional Tā moko (sacred tattoos) and native animals. Asinnajaq’s work celebrates women through examining the Inuit practice of tunniit (traditional tattoos), and explores relationships with land, history, and culture in unique ways, by embracing traditions as well as concepts of Indigenous futurisms. Although both artists reside on opposite sides of the world, they share a history of colonialism and resilience, a sense of beauty and mystery, which align their works across space and cultures. They meet once again to collaborate on this new exhibition that continues a dialogue that began in Aotearoa (New Zealand) in the summer of 2018.