Please join Hamilton Artists Inc. on Wednesday, July 20, from 7:00 – 9:00 pm for an evening of performances by Danielle Boissoneau and Chyler Sewell. This event is free and open to everyone.
About Born Celestial:
By using storytelling to collapse the future into the present, Born Celestial imagines unearthed futures beyond settler colonialism where Indigenous knowledge systems thrive. Born Celestial embodies futurities, drawing from human and other-than-human relations, community and familial knowledge, star systems, and Creation stories. Empowering a (re)connection to self and an uplifting of community, Born Celestial inspires healing and hopeful pathways for the seven generations to come.
Artists Danielle Boisonneau, Kaya Joan, Natalie King, Nicole Neidhardt, Celeste Pedri-Spade, and Chyler Sewell access love, memory and knowledge from ancestor relatives unbound by material form and linear notions of space and time. Navigating between worlds and constellations, the artists activate the dreams of ancestors, contemporary kin, and future relatives in a present temporality.
About the Artists:
Danielle Boissoneau is a 2spirit femme, Anishnaabekwe from Garden River First Nation. Currently on loan to Hamilton, Danielle seeks to embody her dreams of liberation and autonomy through her words and the sounds that accompany freedom. She invokes the practice of living artistically, by acknowledging miracles and then translating them into artistic projects. Danielle has performed her poetry at various venues, including Tipi Confessions (2019) and the Onkwehonweh Storytellers Festival (2020). Upcoming publications include a piece on Two Spirit Love for the Indigenous Love Anthology produced by Abalone Press. Danielle is from the Old Turtle Clan.
Chyler Sewell is an Anishinaabe storyteller and published author from Garden River First Nation, currently living in Hamilton, Ontario. She is a community organizer, dedicated to cultivating spaces for urban Indigenous youth to exist freely and with an abundance of joy. As a gifted writer Chyler’s words dance like flames, extending warmth to the reader and light to guide the way home. Chyler is passionate about creating worlds with her writing where Indigenous youth can find pieces of themselves and connect more deeply to where they come from. In addition to her short stories that are steeped in Indigenous knowledges, Chyler is working on a novel that will move alongside Indigenous, Black and racialized young people as they pursue the liberation of their communities. Her dream is to create spaces where youth can creatively reimagine futures together. Chyler’s words are changemakers, gently moving over the landscapes of minds and hearts