As part of our Native American Heritage Month series, we’re highlighting Two-Spirit individuals from our collective to show the diverse range of identity and experience in our community. Please read their stories and give them a follow on their social media platforms! Learn more about our Two-Spirit Initiative here

Name: Cam Kuulaaluraq

Pronouns: They/them

Identities (Cultural background, 2S or Indigiqueer or other, etc.): 

Inupiaq, Aleut, Athabascan, Y’upik, Indigiqueer, Anchorage Community Organizer with the Gender Justice & Healing team with Native Movement, and board member of Alaska Poor Peoples’ Campaign.

Q&A

  1. What does 2S/Indigiqueer mean to you? To me being Indigiqueer means bringing my full self into the spaces that I work and live in. It means living my cultural values that I grew up with and the culture of radical acceptance & respect, and the culture of not accepting the world as it is from both.
  2. What brought you into 2S/Indiqueer movement work? I’ve always wanted to do advocacy work and for many years I wasn’t sure where until I did some research into finding Alaska Native words for people that are like me. When I found the words I asked around to some folx who knew our languages and asked if they had ever heard about these words or if they knew a better translation for them and I wasn’t surprised that everyone I had asked said no. It wasn’t until a couple of years later that I really began movement work and I definitely wanted to have more conversations and events that centered Indigiqueer/2S people.
  3. How do you cultivate 2S/Indigiqueer joy? To cultivate Indigiqueer joy I think it’s important to learn more about their places in our communities traditionally, to share that knowledge to show our 2S/Indigiqueer youth that they have a place in our communities, and to create those spaces for them to connect, share, and work with each other.
  4. What work would you like to see in the Indigenous or LGBTQ2IA+ communities? I would like to see more spaces dedicated to Indigiqueer/2S people because living at the intersection of these two identities- which often feels disconnected and sometimes in opposition to each other- isn’t easy. It takes a lot of work to sort of reconcile these identities to truly feel comfortable, connected, and grounded in this identity.
  5. What would you like our 2S/Indigiqueer youth to know? I want them to know that they are an important part of this movement work, that it may take them time to feel secure in their 2S/Indigiqueer identity and that’s ok, and that they’ll find their place and space in the community.
  6. How can we support your work? My work can be followed through Native Movement’s website, social media (Facebook, Instagram), and newsletter.