Csetkwe (Pronounced: chuh-set-quah) (Meaning: Lights Reflection on Water)
Csetkwe is a multi-gifted artist with her roots in the Syilx (Okanagan) and Secwepmec (Shuswap) Nations. Holding the responsibility and respect of being stamia (two spirit), a sqwuy (mother to sons) and a Traditional Knowledge Keeper, she mainly represents in Live Arts and Visual Arts. She is a graduate of the En’owkin Centre of Indigenous Art, receiving a National Aboriginal Professional Artists’ Training certificate and Nsyilxcn Language Program certificate. She honed her love for performance art during her time in the Full Circle Ensemble Program in Vancouver, BC.
Csetkwe’s performances include those of a Singer/ Song Carrier, Spoken Word Poet as part of the k̓ wem k̓ wem słénsłénəy – Indigenous Female Drum Collective and as the former front woman in multimedia performance collective Skookum Sound System. As a visual artist, Csetkwe is grateful to contribute to the Kama Collective and Ullus Collective.
Some of Csetkwe’s notable performances, exhibits and presentations include: Whispers of the Mountains with the Kamloops Symphony Orchestra, 2018 Juno Performance with Arcade Fire, EvenTide Night of The Matriarch-Victoria BC, DetermiNation-Castlegar ArtCatalyst Series: Indigenous Women In the Arts- Toronto, Ont., Centennial College, Toronto Ont., Big Medicine Studio, Nipissing, Ont., Sakewewak Storytellers Festival– Regina Sask., Movable Feast at the Mackenzie Art Gallery – Regina Sask., Grunt Gallery during S.W.A.R.M Art Crawl –Vancouver B.C, Adaka Festival- Whitehorse Yukon, Push Festival at Performance Works- Vancouver B.C, Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art – Kelowna B.C, Royal BC Museum, Victoria BC, VIMAF (Vancouver Indigenous Media Arts Festival) among others.