AlterNATIVE: Panel Discussion

Date: Sep 13, 2018

AlterNATIVE: Panel Discussion
Saturday, September 29, 2018 @ 1-3PM
CSIF Flex Space – #100, 1725 10 Ave SW
Moderated by Jared Tailfeathers
Featuring Danni Black, Chris Jones, Curtis Lefthand and Keegan Starlight

This panel will discuss the challenges, issues and topics about balancing tradition in a contemporary world, and what resources are available for Indigenous artists where new ideas can be collaborated.

About the Panelists

Danni Black/Sui Taa Kii, is a Niitsitapi Two-Spirit filmmaker, writer, and grassroots community organizer. She founded the Treaty 7 Film Collective, co-founded for the culture, a BIPOC led dance party, and was one of the chosen artists for the City of Calgary’s Indigenous Artist Residency where she researched Indigenous youth and their relationship to their language growing up in urban settings. She was the curator for 2017’s AlterNATIVE: A celebration of Indigiqueers and Two-Spirit through Film and Performance.

Chris Jones is a member of the Mississauga First Nation, a Calgary-based multimedia artist, and a graduate of the Alberta College of Art + Design (ACAD) Glass program. His work often combines traditional craft with contemporary techniques and material and focuses on elements of indigenous culture, identity, and spirituality as they are affected by modern day colonialism.

Curtis Lefthand is an Indigenous multimedia creative producer, musician, spoken word artist, and scholar. He is the founder and Executive Director of Indigenous Resilience in Music – an Indigenous-led organization creating insight into the lives of Indigenous musicians and empowering Indigenous youth in reclaiming their identity in music and the arts. He is also a first year law student at the University of Calgary where he does research in creating Indigenous language and cultural preservation methodologies specific to Blackfoot ways of knowing. As an artist and musician, he performs as the front person for the aggressive hardcore punk band Éhagé and performs under his solo singer songwriter works outside of his band. Curtis is a proud member of the Blackfoot Confederacy and comes from the Amskaapipikuni, Siksika and Stoney Nakoda nations.

Keegan Starlight is from the Tsuu T`ina Nation located 20 minutes from Calgary, Alberta. Keegan is a freelance artist whose work is diverse in regards to medium and subject matter. His work is directly inspired from cultural teachings and growing up with the traditional teaching from his mother and father. Keegan is also a husband and a father to a son who is a reoccurring focal point in his work. Keegan still lives in Tsuu T`ina and is always open to new projects.