T’uy’tanat-Cease Wyss

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I am a mother, daughter, sister, cousin, niece and now a grandmother. I have lived a rich cultural life in my traditional territories, working, learning, teaching, living, gathering medicines, creating art, building communities, and striving for a better living in other ways. I work in media technology, plant technology and love to find ways to weave these together.

T’uy’tanat-Cease Wyss is a Skwxwu7mesh/Sto:Lo/Metis/Hawaiian/Swiss, ethnobotanist, educator and inter-disciplinary artist working in: Digital Media/Web/Installations/Public Art/Community Based/Engaged Dialogues/Storytelling/Medicine Gathering/Sharing Traditional Knowledge/Cedar &Wool Weaving/Natural Dye Processes/Creating and Building Communities/Land and Wetlands Restoration and Remediation/Collective and Collaborative Processes.

Cease helps coordinate a community garden called “Harmony Garden” in Humulch’sen (Capilano Reserve). Her father is a master gardener, as were her Nahanee family ancestors, who started a farm near Stanley Park at the turn of the century, which was once called Kanaka Ranch.

Cease is also the Owner/Lead Herbalist of Raven and Hummingbird, specializing in teas/traditional knowledge transfer/community engagement through tea/media arts and culture.

Her short films, installations, performance, curatorial, and speaking engagements include, Vancouver Queer Arts Festival (2017), Vancouver Biennale (2016), ReMatriation and other ruminations, thirstDays, VIVO (2016), The Gifting Taiontenonhwera:ton (to give thanks) Ceremonial Activism 101: thirstDays, VIVO (2016), Spark: Fireside Artists Talk, Grunt Gallery & Native Education College, The Picto Prophesy Project, Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art (2012), Centering the Tangent, The Transformative Communities Project Society (2011), Soul Gardens with W2 Community Media Arts (2011), Talking Poles (2008) for the Surrey public art collection, and Bringing Hope into the Light (2007).

Cease was a recipient of the 2010 Vancouver Mayor’s Arts Awards for Studio Arts for Film & New Media. (Alternator Gallery/Ullus Collective) Among many posts, Cease sits as the Director General of the National Indigenous Media Arts Coalition, as a member of the Ullus Collective.