Today we’d like to introduce you to Sequoyah Tiger Moon.
Sequoyah, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
Growing up an Indigenous girl and a child of poverty, I found great solace in creativity. I had many experiences to ignite deep thoughts and many experiences to move through. I was a foster child for some of my younger years moving often from home to home. When my notebook of poems became a tool to punish me if I didn’t behave “properly”, I began to write them in my head. By the time I was 13, I had written 150 poems in my head. My first time reciting them to other people, I realized there was a pentameter beneath my delivery. It would be a few more years before I would discover spoken word. Every fiber of my being was drawn to the vocal delivery of poetry once I discovered SLAM. I competed every week winning many rounds. The history of warriors in my tribe pushed it’s way through my words every chance it could and by 18 years old I had become an activist poet. I used the craft to reach people deep inside and was blessed to share the stage with so many other activists and musicians. I learned I am decedent of medicine women and storytellers and that this was not only my gift to offer the world but my lifeline to healing ancient wounds.
Can you give our readers some background on your music?
I have begun collaborating with musicians of many genres to enhance the words and emotions of the pieces. I want to acknowledge the pain and hardships of the 21st century and what brought us here, but I also want to provide hope and collective healing. I also believe it’s important to be an indigenous voice in the world. We are still here and we are still fighting for our voices to be heard. I hope to inspire Indigenous youth, there are so many creative Natives and each one of us succeeding is a message of hope for the next generation. Having people like John Trudell and Joy Harjo growing up motivated me to be better and reach further.
What responsibility, if any, do you think artists have to use their art to help alleviate problems faced by others? Has your art been affected by issues you’ve concerned about?
Absolutely! I believe some of the issues plaguing us today can be difficult to talk about. Art is an extraordinary platform to express and process some of the hardest things a generation has faced. There is a kind of leeway and freedom we have in artistic exhibitions that we don’t always have in everyday conversations. I also believe there’s an obligation to create an artistic dialogue about these issues. It has always been a motto of mine that if we are blessed with a gift and a microphone, we should make sure we have something powerful to say. Art unites us in a time where division seems to be the biggest agenda.
What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
My website: www.iamtigermoon.com
I also created a video about a year ago on YouTube:
I am currently working on a project set to release in 2020.
I am looking for people to collaborate with always!!
- Website: www.iamtigermoon.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/iamtigermoon/
main photo and sitting photo by Anastasia Vishnya
photo with arrowhead by @kaneikill