Two Spirit Love Letter
My piece of art is a video love letter dedicated to all my Two-Spirit and Indigi-queer and trans relations across Turtle Island and beyond. I chose to record in drag because I wanted to continue exploring Tugs as a character outside of a stage setting. This art piece was inspired by the incredible Two-Spirit Gathering on Day One of Summit, which left me feeling so in awe of all the wonderful Two-Spirit people who attended and shared their voices. The Gathering was an opportunity for 2S folks to connect in a space just for us, where we could speak openly and honestly about the issues that impact our community. The positive emotion I was left with after the Gathering is reflected in this video message of love and kindness.
Two-Spirit people have been left out of the discourse around Reconciliation. I truly believe that honouring our existences through the Two-Spirit resurgence movement is our way of disrupting colonial impositions of cis-heternormative ways of being and reconstructing the narrative around gender and sexual diversity through an Indigenous lens.
About the Creator
Tugs Cuchina (they/them) – Edmonton, Alberta
Tugs Cuchina (Cheyenne Mihko Kihêw – they/them) is a novice Two-Spirit drag artist from amiskwacîwâskahikan. Tugs came to life at the 34th International Two-Spirit Gathering at Mêtis Crossing in August 2021. Through drag, they aim to uplift Indigenous voices while bringing much needed awareness to social justice issues faced by Indigeous communities. They are still very new to drag as an artform, but it has been an exciting way of exploring their creativity and gender as a Two-Spirit person and artist.