• Sussan Yáñez


Actualizado: 27 de mar de 2020

Having been born and raised in the city of Viña del Mar to then move to the Unceded territories of the Mi'kmaq, Mohawk and Haudenosaunee territories in politically known Montreal, being a person of mixed ancestries then "naturalized" Canadian, colonization and assimilation saw several profound layers in my life.

Only in my teenage years in the underground life of MTL did I question my identity. Inuk friends at that time would always ask if I was of their ancestries, and I would always reply: "No, but I probably have Indigenous ancestry from Chile."

After a journey back on the territories that brought me to be, and a first encounter with the Pehuén, the mother of the lands in the Wallmapu, Lonquimay, in the valley of the Llayma volcano, I set some roots to my ancestors at the Laguna Galletue.

Today I explore in performance through poetry, spoken word, dance and song what it means to be a guest of mixed ancestries on Unceded Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) territories and the responsibilities that implies.

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