Ten sx̱wex̱wiy̓ám̓

My story

Ha7lh skwayel tanuyap, na wa nántsaswit ta Kwiigay iiwaans, tiná7 chen tla Xaada Laas iy Sḵwx̱wu7meshúlh úxwumixw.

Good day everyone, my name is Kwiigay iiwaans, big precious cloud. I come from the Haida and Squamish Nations, currently living in so-called East Vancouver. I'm a 2s performing and multidisciplinary artist, #ActuallyAutistic spoonie, and pet parent.

 

I explore 2SQTIBIPOC futurism through mediums of illustration, graphic design, formline design, hand poke tattoos, murals, printmaking, and weaving. 

Hire me to design your next poster/infobooklet, handpoke tattoo, have a look through my available flash, and look out for my upcoming electronic music gigs.

Sníchim- words(glossary)

2S/2Spirit


a term used to describe a cultural/social/spiritual identity within many Indigenous communities across Turtle Island. This can be a personal and/or communal identity, and can be related to an individuals roles in their community. Each Nation and individual may have their own specific teachings and relationship to these identities and the term 2Spirit.




2SQTIBIMPOC futurism


considering the worldwide political antagonism and displacement we face, seeking to center our voices and experiences as 2 Spirit, Queer, Trans, Intersex, Black, Indigenous, Muslim, People of Colour when planning and building our collective future.




#ActuallyAutistic


a hashtag created for only autistic people to use. It originated on Tumblr in 2011 and was meant to help autistic people build a community of their own, share accurate information on how to provide support to autistic people, and to fight misinformation on harmful therapies and common misconceptions/misrepresentations from allistic/non-autistic people.




Spoonie


A spoonie is someone living with a chronic physical/mental illness, in reference to the Spoon theory- you start the day with a certain number of spoons, and each activity costs a certain amount of spoons. you must plan your day around not running out. Socializing, using the stairs, lifting things, getting dressed etc. can all cost spoons. Skylar: It's a low spoons day today, I don't think I'll go out.
Fallon: You're a spoonie? I didn't know. Well, I hope you feel better tomorrow. Can I do anything for you?





 Nilh ta temíxw ta xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Səl̓ílwətaʔ iy Skwxwú7meshúlh úxwumixw.

Living on the stolen ancestral territories of the Musqueam, Tsleil-Watuth and Squamish Nations.

©2020 by kwiigay iiwaans