AlterNATIVE: Danielle Black

AlterNATIVE: A Celebration of 2-Spirit and IndigiQUEERS Through Film and Performance

Curated by Danielle Black/Sui Taa Kii of the Treaty 7 Film Collective

Presented by EMMEDIA Gallery & Production Society

Friday, September 29, 2017 @ 7-9PM
West Village Theatre – 2007 10 Ave SW (Back alley entrance)
Free admission, registration required at:

EMMEDIA is proud to present “A Celebration of Two-Spirit and Indigiqueers through Film and Performance” as part of the AlterNATIVE Indigenous FIlm Series, which showcases the rich landscape of works produced by Indigenous artists throughout the year. This edition is curated by Danielle Black/Sui Taa Kii of the Treaty 7 Film Collective and presented as part of Elephant Artist Relief’s Umbrella Visual Arts Conference.

The Umbrella Visual Arts Conference is also happening on Saturday, September 30, at 9:30 am – 5:00 pm. It will be a full day of inspiring and engaging activities, including Conversation Catalysts, that will sit with all attendees to invite and respect all voices. Our conversation catalysts represent a diverse and knowledgeable sampling of Calgary’s accomplished and emerging arts and community leaders and practitioners.

Cree/Metis singer Chantal Stormsong Chagnon will offer a welcome song, followed by open conversations featuring Danielle Black, Mel Vee, Spirit River L. Striped Wolf, Ami Kenzo, Teresa Tam, Michelangela Samiadji and Su Ying Strang. The afternoon session co-presented by EMMEDIA features Indigenous-led conversations with Richelle Bear Hat, Danielle Black, Spirit River L. Striped Wolf and Tina Kinnee-Brown.

A light lunch and a closing BBQ will be offered. Please note that all EAR events are Scent-Free.

Umbrella Visual Arts Conference is one of 11 Calgary Celebration Sites for Alberta Culture Days.


“I am thrilled at the opportunity to showcase the works of Indigenous, Metis, Inuit, Two-Spirit and Indigiqueer artists and filmmakers. I believe it is important that we start to give a voice, stage, and spotlight on those who have unique perspectives and stories, those who have always refused to be erased. In this year’s AlterNATIVE program, I would like to showcase short films that explore what it means to be queer and Indigenous in cultural, traditional, contemporary, and urban settings. It is important to focus on these communities in film because there has been infamously little to no representation. I would like to change that, and have a night to celebrate our resiliency, strength, and creativity. To quote the Two-Spirit camp at Standing Rock… ‘We feel and express differently because we were blessed with two spirits. It’s a gift, a sacred station.’ Thank you for this opportunity to allow us to showcase our proud work and stories to the art community in Calgary and Treaty 7 Territory.”


Danielle (Danni) Black, or Sui Taa Kik (Sue-Da-Gee) is a Niitsitapi Two-Spirit filmmaker, writer, and grassroots community organizer. She founded the Treaty 7 Film Collective, writes for FREQ magazine covering Indigenous focused topics, and was one of the chosen artists for the City of Calgary’s Indigenous Artist Residency where she will be doing research on Indigenous youth and their relationship to their  language growing up in urban settings.


The night will start off with a tribute and dedication to the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, and 2-Spirit in partnership with Visual Artist Lauren Crazybull.

We will be having 3 performances throughout the night by Two-Spirit and Indigiqueer artists Riel, Joshua Whitehead, and Jessica McMann, accompanied with visuals by Esther Bogorov.

is a sixteen year old, Metis multi-instrumentalist whose song writing is mostly inspired by literature and modern popular culture. In past months, they’ve generated much intrigue with their powerful voice and folk pop-inspired sound that’s sure to leave an impact. Riel recently released their debut EP titled Into the Waves—a five song compilation that’s available online now.

Joshua Whitehead is an Oji-Cree, 2S/Indigiqueer from Peguis First Nation (Treaty 1). He is the author of full-metal indigiqueer (Talonbooks) and the forthcoming novel Jonny Appleseed (Arsenal Pulp). He is currently working towards a Ph.D. in English Literature with a focus in Indigenous Literatures and Cultures at the University of Calgary (Treaty 7).

Jessica McMann is a Cree musician, dancer and choreographer. She is a classically trained flutist, with a Bachelor of Music from the University of Calgary. She was currently named a REVEAL Award Laureate from the Hnatyshyn foundation for her work in classical music and interdisciplinary performances. She is an accomplished traditional Hoop Dancer and Fancy Shawl dancer. She currently works as an artist-in-residence across Canada bringing Hoop Dance and cultural knowledge to grades K-12.


Local Films from Blackfoot Territory, Treaty 7:
A Love Letter to my Unborn Child, Directed by Danielle Black (2017, 7:20 min.)
Sweet Night, Directed by Jessie Short (2016, 6:53 min.)
Mothering Myself (My Womb Pains), Directed by Dan Cardinal McCartney (2016, 4:04 min.)
Saturdays, Directed by Jacqueline Aquines (2017, 10 min.)

Across Turtle Island:
The Hearing, Directed by Russell Ratt Brascoupe (2013, 4:14 min.)
Music of the Spheres, Directed by Madison Thomas (2014, 19:40 min.)
Aviliaq (Entwined), Directed by Alethea Arnaquq-Baril (2014, 15 min.)
Colonization: The Second Coming, Directed by Thirza Cuthand (1996, 3:32 min.)

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