By Bee Quaite

Bitty

Bitty

My name is Bitty. I am a two-spirit art creating, youth centering, forest wandering, garden growing, kick ass crip* with maternal roots of Lkwungen, Quw’utsun’ and Lummi descent and paternal roots of mixed-Irish/French/Euro ancestry. Two-spirit for me means Indigenous queer survivance and is a next generation’s ancient acknowledgement of the roles and gifts that come with having the ability to strongly connect with and move through both feminine and masculine aspects of self, whether externally, internally or both. Living  

two-spirit is resistance to the colonial disruption and shaming of Indigenous views of gender fluidity and sexuality. For me, crip means that I live with chronic and invisible illness which has touched every part of my being and shaped the differently abled and paced lifelong journey that I am on. I love being a two-spirit crip and a part of rebuilding two-spirit community, pride and awareness. I use drawing, watercolour, photography and writing as a tool of empowerment and as a way of expressing everyday life.