Go back

November 12, 2021

Hotlatch: Queerdigenous Futurisms

This event is taking place in Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-waututh territory. We ask all to respect the territories and peoples of these territories. It is organized by Squamish People and open to all people attending. Still, the event is created by and for Queer Indigenous Peoples.

HOTLATCH is a celebration of Queer Indigienity and Indigenous Queerness. Our name is inspired by the wildly known term “potlatch.” The term potlatch comes from the Chinook Jargon spoken by our ancestors and the ancestors of many Indigenous Peoples from Oregon to Alaska, with various meanings to each Indigenous coastal culture. Colonial society often compels us to compartmentalize our identities from each other. We choose this name to celebrate our queerness and Indigeneity to bring them together to celebrate who we are.

HOTLATCH: QUEERDIGENOUS FUTURISMS invites the exploration of Queerdigenous worldbuilding, Queerdigenous science fiction, and constructing self-determined representations and alternative narratives about our Queerdigenous identities and futures through dance, performance, visual art, and drag. Our creative expression is a movement -- where Indigenous Peoples dare to reimagine societal tropes, alternative histories, and futures by exploring science fiction and alternative futures! We are the past, present, and multiple futures.

Come celebrate a night of proudly Queerdigenous existence!

Our event takes inspiration from the concept of Afrofuturism and Indigenous Futurisms. Afrofuturism was coined by Mark Dery in 1993 and explored in the late 1990s through conversations led by Alondra Nelson. This concept influenced the creation of the term Indigenous Futurisms coined by Dr. Grace Dillon, professor in the Indigenous Nations Studies Program at Portland State University.

Our event prices reflect our value to pay our performers well, as Indigenous talent is often overlooked and underappreciated. No one will be turned away for lack of funds (please contact hotlatch@gmail.com for free tickets if facing financial barriers to attending). We invite those who can to buy a “PAY IT FORWARD” ticket so someone facing financial barriers can attend. Profits made from this event will go towards event planning for future HOTLATCH events.


The entrance ramp is located on the (north) side of the warehouse parking lot, and is 38in wide with a handrail to the left 41in high. The accessible door has a clearance of 45in. Inside the entrance is 81in wide.

Due to the structural impossibility of renovating this venue, they cannot provide an accessible washroom stall, so we will have an accessible portable onsite for this event. Washrooms are all genders. If you need more information, please, contact Ryn at queersandbeersvancity@gmail.com