Moe Clark

âpi­htawiko­sisâniskwêw (Métis / Nor­we­gian / French / British) mul­ti­dis­ci­pli­nary artist Moe Clark is a 2Spirit singing thun­der­bird. She works across diverse dis­ci­plines of vocal impro­vi­sa­tion, spo­ken word poet­ry, sound design, and per­for­mance cre­ation to cre­ate mean­ing that is root­ed in per­son­al lega­cy, ances­tral mem­o­ry and embod­ied knowl­edge. Orig­i­nal­ly from the prairies in Treaty 7, Moe resides in Tio’tiá:ke/ Mooniyang/ Mon­tréal, on the unced­ed ter­ri­to­ry of the Kanien’keha:ka (Mohawk people). 

Her last solo album “With­in” toured across North Amer­i­ca and her col­lab­o­ra­tive video poem “nitahkôtân” won best Indige­nous lan­guage music video at the Imag­i­Na­tive film fes­ti­val. In 2013 she direct­ed the 10th Annu­al Cana­di­an Fes­ti­val of Spo­ken Word, high­light­ing Indige­nous Lan­guages, and she was named Poet of Hon­our at the same fes­ti­val in 2014. “Fire & Sage/ Du sauge et du feu”, her bilin­gual book of poet­ry was released through Mael­ström Edi­tions in Bel­gium and has been show­cased at inter­na­tion­al lit­er­a­ture fes­ti­vals. Moe has sev­en albums of music, both solo and col­lab­o­ra­tive and mul­ti­ple per­for­mance videos. Co-founder of Weath­er Beings with Māori Takatāpui dancer/choreographer Vic­to­ria Hunt, their col­lab­o­ra­tion exam­ines inter­sec­tions of Métis & Māori cos­mol­o­gy and Indige­nous futur­ism through per­for­mance experimentation.

Apart from per­for­mance, Moe’s work as a cre­ative facil­i­ta­tor aims to remem­ber and recon­nect per­son­al and col­lec­tive belong­ing to ter­ri­to­ries of land, body and voice. Through cre­ative con­tin­u­ums of Indige­nous lan­guage immer­sion, song cre­ation and cer­e­mo­ni­al prac­tice, her work in com­mu­ni­ty rein­forces the roles of 2S peo­ple and inter­gen­er­a­tional trans­mis­sion. Moe’s work has appeared the world over, includ­ing the Lin­coln Cen­tre (US), UBUD Writ­ers & Read­ers Fes­ti­val (ID) and Ori­gins Fes­ti­val in Lon­don (UK).

For a taste of what Moe Clark does, see the fol­low­ing project fea­tured on the PCM Hub: