DECOLONIZED BEATZ

Indigenous Art, Music and Expression.

Photo of five Indigenous women and Two-Spirits singing and one is holding a hand drum. Photo credit Jen Deerinwater.)

DECOLONIZED BEATZ

Decolonized Beatz is an Indigenous arts and performance series to celebrate the work of Indigenous storytellers, organizers, and performers, including disabled and chronically ill and 2LGBTQIA+ creatives, Indigenous women, and AfroIndigenous artists. The free events focus on uplifting our community and opening up places for sharing and celebrating our creativity, beauty, and resilience, and features films, dancers, live performances, poetry, and visual art. Since 2018, Crushing Colonialism has organized seven Decolonized Beatz events. The inaugural event was held on Piscataway land “Washington, D.C., U.S.” and featured Indigenous and Black creatives and performers from the region. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic we turned virtual and held five live streamed events.

The most recent was a hybrid in-person/virtual event held on Treaty 1 territory “Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada” to kick off our Decolonized Beatz Indigenous World Pride programming.

DECOLONIZED BEATZ INDIGENOUS WORLD PRIDE PLANNING COUNCIL

Hāmiora Bailey (Ngāti Porou Ki Harataunga, Ngāti Huarere) is a curator whose practice looks at metabolising intergenerational knowledge as a citational practice, and affirm mana-hononga-tangata (living relationship).

As a multidisciplinary artist, Bailey’s methodologies straddle photography, videography, digital design & public art. Recently, Bailey partnered with ColensoBBDO , Porta-Novelli, Hearts & Science and Whakamana to create Pīkari Mai! A digital art intervention to cut off the toff. Replacing “Royal” gossip with indigenous news. The plug has been seen over 5.5 million times globally.

 As Kaiwhakahaere Takatāpui (First Nations Creative Director), Hāmiora founded Te Tīmatanga, New Zealand’s largest Takatāpui (First Nations LGBTQIA+) Festival.

Instagram @sam.bailey_

Aqqalu Berthelsen, also known as Uyarakq, was born in Nuuk, Greenland
in the mid 80s. They are a self-taught music producer/composer and DJ with a background in metal music.

Growing up between Uummannaq, Northern Greenland and Nuuk, the capital, has
played a large role in shaping them to be a versatile musician between two worlds. They are currently doing a lot of work in the Indigenous circumpolar hip hop and rap scene within two continents, the North American arctic and the European arctic.

They won a Greenlandic Koda Award in 2015 for his solo album Raatiu Nukik (2014) and got nominated for Nordic Councils Music Prize in 2016 for the collaborative work Kunngiitsuuffik (2015) alongside the Greenlandic rapper Peand-eL.

They are currently based in Helsinki, Finland.

Instagram @uyarakq

Theo Cuthand was born in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada in 1978, and grew up in Saskatoon. Since 1995 he has been making short experimental videos and films about sexuality, madness, Queer identity and love, and gender and Indigeneity, which have screened in festivals internationally. His work has also exhibited at galleries including the MOMA in NYC, The National Gallery in Ottawa, and The Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. He completed his BFA majoring in Film and Video at Emily Carr University of Art and Design in 2005, and his Masters of Arts in Media Production at Ryerson University in 2015. He has also written three feature screenplays and has performed at Live At The End Of The Century in Vancouver, Queer City Cinema’s Performatorium in Regina, and 7a*11d in Toronto. In 2017 he won the Hnatyshyn Foundation’s REVEAL Indigenous Art Award. He is a Whitney Biennial 2019 artist. He is of Plains Cree and Scots descent, a member of Little Pine First Nation, and currently resides in Toronto, Canada.

website: tjcuthand.com

Twitter: @tjcuthand

FB: /TJCuthandArtist

Instagram: @cabbagetownstomper

Tony Enos Hailed as “an example of possibility for people living with HIV,” by the Advocate Magazine, two-time Native American Music Award Nominee and Cherokee two-spirit musician Tony Enos celebrates 15 years as a singer/songwriter/producer/entertainer and activist. The Kennedy Center performer and United States U=U ambassador continues to foster love, unity, and awareness in all that he does. Empowering the resilience of the human spirit through the medicine of music. 

Website: www.tonyenosmusic.com

All Social Media: @tonyenos 

DECOLONIZED BEATZ

Decolonized Beatz – Indigenous World Pride
May 23-June 8, 2025
Washington, DC

Decolonized Beatz Indigenous World Pride 2025 is a two-week, queer Indigenous-led event taking place in Washington, DC that celebrates the work of 2LGBTQIA+ Native and Indigenous storytellers, artists, and performers including Indigenous women, AfroIndigenous, and disabled Indigenous people.
Crushing Colonialism and a working advisory council are planning programming that is created and led by 2LGBTQIA+ Indigenous partners and meets the access, cultural, and safety needs of all our relatives and non-Indigenous guests during World Pride 2025.
Follow Crushing Colonialism’s social media accounts to stay updated on our planning efforts. Want to get involved? We’re currently looking for four more Indigenous storytellers and organizers to join our planning council to represent the lands known as Africa, Asia, Australia, and Central/South America. Send an email to info@crushingcolonialism.org

RECENT EVENT

The Decolonized Beatz Indigenous World Pride planning council hosted a kick-off event on Treaty 1 territory “Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada” on August 11, 2023.

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