Dr. Roger Kuhn (He/Him) is Poarch Creek Two-Spirit Indigiqueer. In addition to being a musician, Roger is a soma-cultural sex therapist and sexuality educator. His work explores the concepts of decolonizing and unsettling sexuality and focuses on the way culture impacts and informs our bodily experiences. Roger is also a faculty lecturer of American Indian Studies at San Francisco State University, a board member of the American Indian Cultural Center of San Francisco, and a member of the LGBTQ+ Advisory Committee of the San Francisco Human Rights Commission. His music has appeared on the Logo channel and he was most recently a performer at the 2S Cabaret at the Buddies in Bad Times Theater based in Toronto, Canada. He lives in Guerneville, CA and San Francisco, CA with his husband, Sean, and their two dogs. www.rogerjkuhn.com
Palomx is a Culture Bearer, artivist and gender fluid femme of Mexika and Zapotec descent; both these lineages are indigenous to what is now known as Mexico.
Songs are written by Palomx in English, Spanish, Nahuatl*, and Mixteco*. The 808s and encouraging mantras will have you moving your body and speaking sacred prayers/words into existence.
* Mixteco: dialect indigenous to a tribe in Oaxaca. Nahuatl translation: "Nuu Saví" . (i.e. Trique, Zapotec, etc.)
*Nahuatl: dialect language indigenous to all of MesoAmerica (ie. mesoamerica: Mexico through Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, and northern Costa Rica, and within this region pre-Columbian societies flourished before the Spanish colonization of the Americas when European diseases caused the deaths of upwards of 90% of the indigenous people.
"I am of Native, African and European decent. I am Tsalagi (Cherokee), Chata (Choctaw) and Muscogee (Creek) and a 2nd Generation Northerner with my family originating from Mississippi for several generations. I identify as Bi and Polyamorous. I have been a Queer Activist for 30 years leading organizations, sitting on boards and creating educational opportunities. For the last 6 years I have been a part of the Weyanoke Assocation for Red and Black History and Culture. Through this organization I have been educated, in particular about my Native history and culture in a manner that I have never had access in the past. As a performing artist for 40 years, I am honored to share my art with everyone today. I hope to honor this year’s theme, “Ancestral Strength, Future Resilience”.
"I was born and raised in the City of La Puente (Los Angeles county) with Mexican roots from both sides mom and dad. I am currently living in Pomona, CA. I am a Two Spirit dancer who is part of Grupo Toyaacan in La Puente. We practice culture Aztec dancing. I come from a Wixárika/Huichol background. My family comes from a small town in Nayarit called La Yesca."
[Left: Silas, right: Elton]
Silas is Yakama and Grand Ronde, from the Grand Ronde reservation in Oregon. They currently reside in Portland, OR. He works at the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board as a Project Coordinator, where he does assistant work for the WEAVE-NW Intertribal Breastfeeding Coalition, among many other tasks. They are also the 2021-22 Mr. Montana Two Spirit title holder.
"To me, Indigenous Pride is a personal journey that I think many of us struggle with, from youth all the way into adulthood. Because of this, it's important to foster self-love that is grounded in spirituality and community. The individual cannot be lost in the community, because the community is created by individuals. When we have commitment to loving ourselves and each other, the whole community can only strengthen. We have to live in a loving way before we can truly have pride in who we are."
Morgan is Chickasaw/Sac & Fox from Oklahoma
but is currently residing in Fresno.
"Indigenous Pride means to me the ability to represent our nations of equality and truth not only within our selves but our people."
" My name is River Burkart, I am 17 years old and currently a Senior at Rio Linda High School. I am Dakota, Cherokee and Choctaw. My pronouns are she/her and I identify as bisexual. I’m very interested in science and plan on attending UC Davis to pursue Conservation Biology.”
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