Łutselk'e Dene, Plains Cree, Two-Spirit, Nonbinary poet, Tawahum Bige resides on unceded Musqueam, Tsleil-Waututh and Squamish territory. Since 2017, Tawahum has performed at over 40 different venues from the west coast to Ontario. In Aries-sun fashion, Tawahum completed the first-ever Indigenous Spoken Word residency at the Banff Centre in 2018 while completing their BA in Creative Writing from KPU in 2019.
Art-poet-rapper Tawahum’s Scorpio-moon poetry and music makes vulnerable the process of growing, resisting and being a hopeless sadboy on occupied Turtle Island. They’ve shredded festivals with their mixture of poetry and hip-hop including Talking Stick, Koksilah, Magnetic North, Verses Festival of Spoken Word, and Canadian Festival of Spoken Word. Beyond the festival for Tawahum is the front-line, where their main inspiration comes from, and where they’ve hit the megaphone and mic to inspire their fellow warriors, whether a rally, fundraiser, sacred fire or the siege outside the gates of Kinder Morgan in Burnaby.
Lutselk'e Dene First Nation and Plains Cree from N. Saskatchewan