Restless Natives Fest merges the artistic, political and spiritual voices of the Bay Area’s Queer Native American and Native Hawaiian communities in an exploration of the role queers have traditionally played inside indigenous peoples’ social systems and hierarchical structures and how these roles have changed through colonization and the influences of western culture and religion. The artists will specifically focus on the roles of the keeper of the aural tradition and song, the healer, the hunter, the counselor, the parent of the unwanted children, and the importance of the inclusion of queers in ceremonial rituals.
MCVF Artists in Residence will be creating performance work around traditional roles that chose them through dreams, visions and destiny.
Veleda Roehl (Lakota) Multi-Disciplinary Ritual Performance Realist is embodying the Story Teller.
Ramona Webb (Choctaw) Multi-Disciplinary Experimental Performance maker and S.F.’s Mistress of Performance Poetry goes deep as the Counselor.
Malia Connor (Hawaiian) Poi-Dog Multi-Disciplinary Performance takes on the role is the Hanai-Mother of the unwanted children,
Landa Lakes (Chikasaw) is a 2-Sprit Urban Ritual Performance maker becomes the Healer.
Dazie Grego (Seminole) Multi-Disciplinary Queeruban Performance Maverick getting his Hunter role in check.
Melani Eleneke (Hawaiian) Mahulani, Hula Dancer and Improvisationlist performance Artivist, will transform into the Warrior.
Michael Riddle is Lakota and grew up on the Klamath reservation and will transform into the Jester and will exhibit his traditionally hip found object costumes during the Festival month.
San Francisco artist Mooshka from Pueblo heritage holds the secrets to making Kachinas dolls. His amazing art will be on exhibit during the month of June.
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