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Tipi Confessions

Tipi Confessions, inspired by BedPost Confessions and imported by Dr. Kim TallBear (Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate) from Austin, Texas, is a show that explores sex and sexuality through lenses of humour and vulnerability. Dr. TallBear's Edmonton Confessions co-producers include social media maven Kirsten Lindquist (Cree-Métis) and Dr. Tracy Bear (Nehiyaw'iskwew from Montreal Lake Cree Nation). Working closely with BedPost co-founders and producers, sex bloggers Julie Gillis and Sadie Smythe and sex podcaster Mia Martina, we followed their sexy storytelling structure of entertainment, ethics, and education for the inaugural Tipi Confessions during the Faculty of Native Studies Indigenous Masculinities Symposium. Performers Josh Whitehead, Billy-Ray Belcourt, Tashina Makokis, Kim TallBear, and Richard VanCamp brought the audience to tears with soul-baring spoken word and raunchy humourous play-by-plays. In January 2016, Carleton University School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies PhD student, Charlotte Hoelke, launched Tipi Confessions for a student audience in Ottawa.

On October 1, 2016, we returned to Edmonton with "A Little Sex on the Prairie", a Prairie themed Confessions event, which was held in conjunction with the University of Alberta's Prairie Sexualities Symposium - and where theory got a lot of action with performers Shannon Ouellette, Kirsten Lindquist, Tracy Bear, and Jordan Koch. Emily Howard and Connor Suart also performed under the direction of Beau Coleman. As always, the confessions - written anonymously by audience members, and read by the producers, were the star of the show.

We also co-produced with OUTSaskatoon a February 18, 2017 show at the University of Saskatchewan. That show culminated the week-long Indigenous queer arts festival Wîsahkêcâhk Comes to Town! On June 24, 2017 we hosted a show at the Chan Centre for Performing Arts on the University of British Columbia as part of the annual Native American and Indigenous Studies Association meeting.

With our all-Indigenous production team, and with dramaturgy by University of Alberta drama faculty and playwright, Dr. Donia Mounsef, we are moving to make Tipi Confessions a quarterly show in Edmonton and beyond. As Kim TallBear explains in her interview with Vue Weekly, "decolonizing sexuality, and sex positivity and healing more broadly, is key to curbing violence in our society in both Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities". Tipi Confessions, informed by Indigenous experiences and perspectives on relationships, sexualities and gender, is and will continue to be an all-inclusive enterprise, welcoming all genders, races, and sexualities.

2017 will get a little sexier with the October 30 Tipi Confessions show at the Needle Vinyl Tavern in Edmonton. We will feature sexpocalypse shenanigans in this Halloween show tentatively called "Sex at the End of the World." We will indulge in Indigenized zombie metaphors and sex in an era of environmental apocalypse. Tipi Confessions is not only sexy. Our audiences are reminded that sex is always also political.

The Tipi Confessions enterprise also serves as a "research-creation laboratory" at the University of Alberta, Faculty of Native Studies. Our sexy performance laboratory is a space of creative experimentation and action research, both informed by and furthering existing research and teaching in decolonial and critical sexualities.

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