Shuína Skó


Two-Spirit Storyteller & Poet  |  Author  |  Indigenous Rights Activist




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Shuína is available for virtual and in-person events throughout the United States & Canada

To contact Shuína for inquiries about availability and rates, click HERE

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For booking requests & inquiries about Shuína's availability contact Shuína via email at ShuinaSkoLLC@ShuinaSko.com



Shuína is collaborating with the Klamath Tribes to create culturally relevant and Klamath Tribes specific children's books


Email Shuína for the culturally inspired and 2SLGBTQ workshop 


Shuína is currently in the process of writing new books "No More Missing & Murdered Indigenous Relatives: Book of Poetry", "Earth Teachings: Indigenous Poetry", and "We Survive: Indigenous Poetry for Suicide Prevention," all of which will be available on Amazon

Email Shuína for a personalized spoken-word poetry performace intended to facilitate deep thought and more intimate connection with self and others


Shuína is currently collaborating with the State of Oregon Department of Health & Human Services and The Klamath Tribes to create materials for the recruitment of Indigenous Resource Parents/Homes

Shuína is currently collaborating with the State of Oregon Department of Health & Human Services and several Indigenous artists - of all mediums - on an interactive art display that will ignite all five senses and share engaging cultural aspects of the nine federally recognized tribes in Oregon


PRIDE & 2sLGBTQ+

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GOVERNMENT & EDUCATIONAL COLLABORATION

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2024

June 16th


Shuína performs spoken word poetry for community fair 

Shuína performs poetry at community fair


For more information and event link email ShuinaSkoLLC@ShuinaSko.com


June 12th


Shuína performs spoken word poetry at Central Oregon's Queer Gathering 

Shuína performs spoken word poetry during queer pride event in Central Oregon 


June 5th


Shuína participates as a panelist at annual Pride Conference

Shuína is a panelist at the annual Pride Conference to support efforts to uplift the 2sLGBTQ+ community 


For more information and event link email ShuinaSkoLLC@ShuinaSko.com


May 26th


Shuína provides prayer for annual Salmon Run

Shuína participates in annual Salmon Run involving several California and Oregon tribes 


For more information and event link email ShuinaSkoLLC@ShuinaSko.com


May 22nd


Shuína partners with Indigenous Therapeutic Guide for a Sound Bath Session 

Shuína partners with Indigenous Teacher for a Sound Bath healing session 


May 18th


Shuína performs spoken word poetry for the National Alliance on Mental Illness Event

Shuína performs poetry from their book, "Warrior Roses" for the NAMI event


For more information and event link email ShuinaSkoLLC@ShuinaSko.com


May 8th


Shuína performed spoken word poetry for Indigenous Peoples Art Collective

Shuína performed spoken word poetry for the Indigenous Peoples Art Collective 


For website click HERE!


May 3rd


Shuína performed spoken word poetry during the National Day of Awareness for Murdered & Missing Indigenous People Gathering

Shuína shared the poem "No More Goodbyes" from their upcoming book, "No More Missing & Murdered Indigenous Relatives: Book of Poetry" at the MMIP gathering


Shuína provided this poem to the District Attorney, as requested, to have it displayed at the Klamath County Courthouse


For more information and event link email ShuinaSkoLLC@ShuinaSko.com


April 30th


Shuína was interviewed by Oregon Community Foundation to assist in the effort to increase support for Indigenous arts and cultures

Shuína participated in an interview with the Oregon Community Foundation, assisting with their efforts to increase support for Indigenous arts and cultures through creating a sustainable approach that could result in a new program, new partnerships, or building new systems


April 5th


Shuína accepted the nomination to become Treasurer & Secretary for the Klamath Tribes ewksiknii Sacred Burial Sites Committee

Shuína is the sitting Treasurer and Secretary for the Klamath Sacred Burial Sites Committee 


Mar 28th


Shuína performed spoken word poetry for the "Raise Your Voice" series

Shuína performed spoken word poetry for the Raise Your Voice series exploring the complexities and vibrancy of the Indigenous experience and 2sLGBTQ+ community 


For more information and event link email ShuinaSkoLLC@ShuinaSko.com


Mar 13th


Shuína provided a workshop and performed spoken word poetry at the "Queer Indigenous Gathering"

Shuína provided a workshop for Queer Indigenous Gathering participants and shared spoken word poetry highlighting the vibrancy of their Indigenous cultural practices and beliefs 


For more information and event link email ShuinaSkoLLC@ShuinaSko.com


Mar 9th


Shuína provided the keynote at Queering as Community: Making Space in the Classroom

Shuína provided the keynote presentation for the "Queering as Community: Making Space in the Classroom" conference at University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK, Canada. The keynote content covered includes exploring "how homophobic, transphobic, colonial policies impact some of our most vulnerable (and undeniably beautiful) people by increasing the risk to their immediate safety and seemingly targeting their ongoing wellness. We will also cover the intricacies of the Two-Spirit identity and how to be a bridge for the vulnerable to safety."  


For information and tickets regarding the conference, click HERE!


Mar 9th


Shuína performed spoken word poetry in Saskatoon, SK, Canada

Shuína performs an evening show of spoken word poetry at a local venue within Saskatoon, SK, Canada 


Feb 7th-13th


Shuína participated as a judge for Oregon's Poetry Out Loud semi-finals

Shuína participated as a judge for Oregon's Poetry Out Loud,  "a contest open to all Oregon high school students... a free program that encourages young performers to dive into American poetry through memorization and competitive performance"  


For information about Oregon Poetry Out Loud, click HERE!


Jan 26th


Shuína's poetry is highlighted at the "History and Poetry in Klamath" event at the Klamath County Museum

Shuína's poetry was highlighted at the "History and Poetry in Klamath" event at Klamath County Museum. This event invites people to "explore how poetry and history have intersected in our community, and learn what insight these poems can give as we look towards the past."


"The program, titled 'A Poet’s Perspective: History and Poetry in the Klamath Basin' is offered as part of the museum’s Free First Friday event... 'Many poets have lived in the Klamath Basin, and many poems have been written about the Klamath Basin,' said Katie Snow, registration technician for the museum and organizer of the program. 'This presentation will highlight some of the more historically significant poems of the area.' Examples of topics that have inspired local poets range from life in the Japanese segregation center at Tule Lake to the special brand of humor enjoyed by loggers.' Friday’s presentation will include a reading of excerpts from poems written by O.C. Applegate, Laura Chiloquin, Dorothea E. McAnulty, Winfield H. Cahill, Geffrey Davis, W.B. Shea, Charlie Hurst, Muin Otokichi Ozaki, Violet Kazue de Cristoforo, Lawson Fusao Inada, Ron Crete, Shuina Sko, Donald Zane Underwood and Teresa Rennick."


For more information contact the museum at (541) 882-1000 or click HERE!
















2023

Nov 26th


Shuína performed at Spork, a “culinary magic” restaurant according to The New York Times

(In Person) Shuína performed spoken word poetry at the 3-hour event, "Honoring The Roots Of Connection: Poetry & Storytelling" in Bend Oregon's Westside to wrap up the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend. The content centered on Shuína's experience as an Indigenous Two-Spirit person while navigating colonized minds and land (addressing present-day acts of passive and direct harms toward Shuína and their community, along with cultural practices that are uplifting to all people). Several past and never before heard poems were shared moving the audience to tears and laughter. There was also meaningful connections being built during the Indigenous inspired meal served at the closing 


For event flyer, click HERE!


For information about Spork, click HERE!


Nov 11th


Shuína performed at the Native Heritage Festival on Takelma land in Grants Pass Oregon 

(In Person) Shuína performed spoken word poetry at the Native Heritage Festival presented by Native Woman's Share nonprofit. This event celebrated Indigenous peoples, provided cultural education through Indigenous Allyship Training, and offered opportunities for deeper connection between the Indigenous and non-Indigenous community via performance art, venders, workshops, and an Indigenous meal  


For more information about NativeWomansShare click HERE!

Oct 21st


Shuína provided a 2-hour poetry workshop at the Grand Ronde Museum

(In Person) Shuína performed spoken word poetry and provided culturally focused training on aspects of storytelling, steps to increasing observational and internal mindfulness/awareness, and had participants engage in impromptu poetry writing. This workshop was for Field's Artist Fellowship and took place in the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Chachalu Museum and Cultural Center, which included a tour prior to the workshop 


For more information about the museum, click HERE!


For more information about the museum, click HERE!


Oct 11th


Shuína provided Key Note at Allstate's "Native & Pride" annual event 

(Virtual) Shuína performed spoken word poetry during their key note presentation at the annual Allstate Insurance event: "NATIVE & PRIDE Present: Two Spirit Event w/ Keynote Speaker & Poet Shuina Sko"


Sept 27th-29th


Shuína provided an "identity" workshop for the 2023 Tribal-State ICWA Conference 

(In Person) Shuína provided a workshop for conference participants (details below) and performed spoken word poetry for the conference opening on the final day.


Title: Cultural identity: Who are we really?


Summary: The relationship we have with self, our awareness of culture and involvement with it, and the sense of belonging we feel with those around us all significantly contribute to both the social issues within Indigenous communities and the prevention of them. In this workshop we explore some key components needed for building a strong, healthy and harmonious cultural identity. We also cover various cultural practices, the importance of them, and why our Indigenous children require more than exposure to powwows alone. Plus, expect to hear a spoken-word poem or two!

Sept 8th


Shuína is featured in the OregonHumanities.org article "Sacred Instructions" 

(Virtual) Shuína is featured in the Oregon Humanities article, "Sacred Instructions: A Two-Spirit Klamath tribal member connects with her voices and visions," written by Derek DeForest


(In Person) Shuína provided a cultural workshop highlighting the positive impact of embracing our cultural identity and using our voice at the BIPOC Wellness Retreat; a rejuvenating and empowering in-person self-care event for Oregonians in the PDS Workforce, held at the Oregon Garden Resort


July 30th


Shuína performed spoken word poetry as the Featured Poet at LIVE! on Elgin 

(In Person) Shuína performed spoken word poetry 


To view photos of Shuína on the Pieces of Us Instagram page, click HERE!


To view a reel (aka short video), click HERE!


June 22th


Shuína performed spoken word poetry and participated as a panelist for the University of Iowa Pride Panel

(Virtual) Shuína performed spoken word poetry for the National American Indian & Alaska Native Childhood Trauma TSA, University of Iowa College of Public Health


June 15th


Shuína performed spoken word poetry and was a panelist at the ODHS Employee Resource Group "2023 PRIDE Conference: Pride Across The Ages"

(Virtual - Zoom) Shuína was a panelist and performed spoken word poetry at the Oregon Department of Human Services Employee Resource Group Pride Conference. The following topics were covered: Coming out and what that experience like; The societal climate when becoming a part of the LGBTQIA2s+ community and the impacts this had; Intergenerational queer friendships and their importance; How things changed/stayed the same for LGBTQIA2s+ people in our lifetime; What is unique to our generation of LGBTQIA2s+ folks and what is similar to other generations; Closing: What is one piece of advice you have for other queer folks in your generation?


June 7th


Shuína performed spoken word poetry for the closing of the Western Region Tribe/State Biannual ICWA gathering

(In Person) Shuína performed spoken word poetry for the Tribal and State of Oregon Department of Human Services Child Welfare Western Region Tribe/State Biannual ICWA gathering, hosted by The Office of Tribal Affairs. The event was held at The Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Powwow Grounds (a federally recognized Tribe that includes over 30 Tribes and bands from western Oregon, northern California, and southwest Washington)


(In Person) Shuína did the videography for Klamath Tribal Health & Family Services New Building Grand Opening and created a custom video for social media and website distribution


To view the video, click HERE!


(In Person) Shuína performed spoken word poetry for the "Out in the Wild Festival" Two-Spirit and queer / LGBTQIA+ event held at Smith Rock State Park, Oregon. The poems performed are from Shuína's recently published book "Heart Poems for the Hopeless Romantic," an inclusive and sex-positive book of poems inspired by queer love, lust, and loss, as well as their book "Two-Spirit Journeying: Flowing In & Out of Love." Cultural teachings provided by Shuína included connection to, awareness of, and offering gratitude for our ancestors, Creation, and each other.   


For more information about the festival, click HERE!


(In Person) Shuína performed spoken word poetry surrounding topics of Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and Two-Spirit (MMIWG2S), suicide prevention, education, and Indigenous identity. A special customized poem was created for the symposium participants then shared during the ending ceremony. The custom poem is available to Oregon Department of Education staff by contacting TAPP leadership. 


For more information about TAPP, click HERE!


For information on the event & the Office of Indian Education within Oregon Department of Education, click HERE!


(In Person) Shuína performed spoken word from their books "Warrior Roses" and "Big Love-mo stinta", and their poem titled "Time's True Nature" during the closing of  "Fatherhood Is Sacred®,  Motherhood Is Sacred® Training" at Oregon Institute of Technology


For more information about the training, click HERE!


(In Person) Shuína was an honoured guest speaker at the flag ceremony held by the State of Oregon Department of Human Services in collaboration with The Klamath Tribes Tribal Council, Administration, and Social Services Department.  Shuína performed poetry, reading from "She Is Matriarch," and gave teachings on aspects of The Klamath Tribes history with the State and Federal government, as well as on cultural practices/traditions regarding the ceremony activities: opening ceremonial blessing, honour hand drum song, and smudging. The Klamath Tribes flag was raised and is flown alongside the State and U.S. flags in Klamath Falls Oregon, which is the first time in history that this has occurred in the State of Oregon.  

(In Person) Shuína created nine poetic affirmations for IllumiNative, "a Native woman-led racial & social justice org building power for Native people by amplifying Native voices, stories & issues," to empower Indigenous women for Women's History Month. These affirmations were added to IllumiNative Instagram and Facebook pages.


To view the affirmations on Instagram, click HERE

To view the affirmations on Facebook, click HERE  

(Virtual) Shuína read from their books "Warrior Roses" and "Big Love - mo stinta" for the Lane Literary Guild & Eugene Public Library “Windfall” online reading series.


For more information about the event, click HERE!

(In-Person) Shuína performed spoken word poetry from their books Warrior Roses, Heart Poems For The Hopeless Romantic, and Two-Spirit Journeying at the Southern Oregon University (SOU) Queer Indigenous Gathering event in Ashland Oregon. This event was hosted by the Queer Indigenous Studies course in the Native American Studies (NAS) program.


For The Jefferson Exchange (Jefferson Public Radio's daily talk show) discussion about the event, click HERE! 

For more information about the event, click HERE!

(Virtual - Zoom) Shuína provided ICWA training to Oregon Wraparound Portland State University (PSU) staff for their equity meeting. The training covered: How ICWA came to be, the importance of ICWA, why there are efforts being made to dismantle ICWA, and how PSU educators can be supportive of ICWA in their work training those who serve Indigenous communities.   


 For more information about Oregon Wraparound, click HERE!

(In-Person) Shuína provided training to Morrison Child & Family Services Parent Mentors and other staff in Portland, OR. The training covered: Rapport building through using culturally specific interactions that foster more meaningful connections; Providing trauma-informed care while being sensitive to culture; Understanding the origin of present social issues experienced by the Indigenous community. Throughout the training Shuína performed spoken word poetry, sharing poems from their books "Warrior Roses", "Big Love-mo stinta", "She is Matriarch", and upcoming book "No More Missing and Murdered Indigenous Relatives" (scheduled release date: May 5th).   


For more information about Morrison, click HERE!

This is a shame-free, inclusive, and sex-positive book containing 28 short stories inspired by queer love, lust, and loss


Now available on Amazon, click HERE!

(In Person) Shuína shared poetry from their book "Big Love - mo stinta" in California's State Capital

 

View Sacramento LGBT Community Center HERE!
















2022

(Virtual) Shuína was invited to share their expertise through an interview with Gemic, a strategy and innovation consultancy, for a project focusing on "how to address the harm and improve LGBTQIA+ experiences on social media, in the US, with a focus on vulnerable and stressed communities and individuals." 

(In Person) Shuína performed spoken word poetry in downtown Ottawa during the open mic Riverbed Reads event, a special collaboration between Riverbed and Qu’ART. This event is purposed to "heighten LGBTQ2S+/queer artistic activity and broaden intersectional discourse in the Capital Region" and hosted literary performances from Elaina Martin and Rhiannon Ng Cheng Hin, and the musical stylings of Gretchen Phillips 


Event Information HERE!

(In Person) Shuína performed spoken word poetry during the open mic at the Riverbed Reading Series alongside Toronto's Rasiqra Revulva, Montreal's Cloud Circuit and Ottawa's Khaleefa "Apollo the Child" Hamdan, hosted at Club Saw Art Gallery in Ottawa Canada 


Event Information HERE!

(Virtual - ZOOM) Shuína presented spoken word poetry and an overview of the custom design/logo they created for the 2022 Tribal-State ICWA Conference. Shuína gave teachings on the beauty of culture that ended on a highly inspirational note! The conference theme is from the quote found on the logo, “We are not the ripples, we are the drop” and per an excerpt from the logo description, it "speaks to the importance of​ each of us ​taking personal responsibility for our actions – or lack of action – and how we affect others now and for generations to come... Be curious about the beauty of tribal culture and supportive of that which supports the continuation of it." Conference hosted by State of Oregon Department of Human Services Tribal Affairs unit and provided to Tribal and State employees throughout Oregon. 


Event Information HERE!


(In Person) Shuína is performed spoken word and covered "contemporary issues faced by tribal communities, understanding their origin, and exploring cultural practices rooted in healing," provided to Oregon Department of Human Services Child Welfare Clackamas office

(In Person) Shuína was a honored guest participant at The Klamath Tribes "First Foods Roundtable" community event at goos ogli gowa cultural center. This roundtable is a facilitated discussion on Klamath First Foods and the importance of future management and restoration. The Klamath Tribes, in partnership with Tahoma Peak Solutions and funding support from the Catena Foundation, initiated the First Foods Roundtable for the Klamath Basin. The primary goal is elevating the importance of, and encouraging the incorporation and protection of First Foods of the Klamath Basin and its tribes

(In Person) Shuína performed spoken word for the closing of the Suicide Prevention Town Hall presented by You Matter to Klamath. Klamath County's Multi-Agency Suicide Prevention Coalition hosted a Town Hall event featuring an inspiring keynote presentation by Arnold Thomas, MSW, Chaplain, and Survivor. Following the keynote, attendees learned about community suicide prevention efforts, watched prevention videos created by local youth, and attended the Question and Answer Panel with behavioral health providers, Tribal representatives, and other community experts. Shuína closed the event with spoken word poetry and one original piece created specifically for this community event!


Event information HERE!

(In Person) Shuína performed spoken word for Slamlandia, a poetry open mic and slam that "provides a creative, fun, and welcoming space for all literary communities in Portland... [striving] towards a safer space for poets to read their own poetry, witness others, and participate in community." This event is hosted by poet Julia Gaskill at Literary Arts in Portland Oregon.


Event information HERE!

(In Person) Shuína opened the "Red Shawl Dance" with a prayer to remember and honor loved ones who have transitioned from physical body into the Spirit world. The Red Shawl Dance, along with wearing the color red, also brings awareness to the Missing and Murdered Indigenous People (MMIP) epidemic and efforts to bring justice and healing.   


Restoration Celebration Information HERE!

(In Person) Poetry reading and book signing event at Canvasback Books on Main Street in Klamath Falls, OR


Find event flyer HERE!


Find Canvasback Books on Instagram HERE!

(Virtual) A reading series intended to prioritize the safety, creativity, and stories of Black people, Indigenous people, and People of Color 


Find event info HERE!

May 5th


Poetry reading for the "Missing & Murdered Indigenous Peoples (MMIP)" community event

(In Person) hosted by The Klamath Tribes Social Services Department and open to the community to honor the stories of those impacted directly and provide resources

This book of poetry is focused on Indigenous resiliency and purposed to provide encouragement to the Indigenous community.


Now available on Amazon, click HERE! 

April 4th


Opening presenter for "NICWA 40th Annual Protecting Our Children Conference"

(Virtual – Zoom) for the "Breaking Barriers: Tribal Child Welfare and ODHS Child Welfare Collaboration" workshop. Conference hosted by the National Indian Child Welfare Association and open to registered attendees throughout the United States

This book of poetry is aimed to give voice to the Indigenous experience through stories involving historical trauma and present-day hurts, along with examples of incredible resiliency and strength. 


Now available on Amazon, click HERE! 

March 15th


Guest presenter for "Equity Hour"

(Virtual – Microsoft Teams) hosted by ODHS District 11 and open to ODHS D11 employees, covering topics related to local tribal customs, traditions, and values for the purpose of developing greater cultural competencies that will result in more effective services provided to the tribal community

March 5th


Featured in a news article about the Klamath language

Titled "Klamath language ties directly to Klamath culture" by Joe Siess, Herald and News

Jan - Feb


Indian Child Welfare Act Case Manager & Liaison between the Klamath Tribes & State of Oregon Department of Human Services

































2021

December 17th


Poetry reading for The Klamath Tribes Administration All Staff Meeting

(In Person) hosted by The Klamath Tribes

December 6th


Guest speaker for the PRIDE Employee Resource Group (ERG) monthly training

(Virtual – Zoom) hosted by ODHS District 7 and open to ODHS D7 employees

November 30th


Presenter for Citizens Review Board Cultural Workshop

(Virtual – Zoom) hosted by The Klamath Tribes Children & Family Services program and open to the Klamath and Lake Counties Citizens Review Board (CRB)

November 9th


Presenter for the ODHS District 11 Child Welfare/The Klamath Tribes Social Services Retreat

(In Person) hosted by The Klamath Tribes Children & Family Services program

October 29th


Presenter for ICWA Tribal Court Cultural Workshop

(Virtual – Webex) hosted by The Klamath Tribes Children & Family Services program and open to the upcoming ICWA Tribal Court staff and stakeholders: Klamath County Judges, Attorneys, ODHS Employees, CASA, CRB, and other Court Staff

October 12th


Presenter for "2021 Tribal/State Indian Child Welfare Act Conference"

(Virtual – Zoom) hosted by The Office of Tribal Affairs and open to ODHS Child Welfare and the Child Welfare Department at all nine Federally Recognized Oregon Tribes

August 20th


Presenter for "Southern ICWA Quarterly"

(Virtual – Zoom) hosted by The Office of Tribal Affairs and open to ODHS District 6, 7, 8, 10, and 11 alongside the Coquille Indian Tribe, Confederated Tribes of the Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw Indians (CTCLUSI), Cow Creek, Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs (CTWS) and The Klamath Tribes

June 3th


Opening Presenter for the ORICWA Webinar “Placement Preferences”

(Virtual – Zoom) hosted by The Office of Tribal Affairs and open to ODHS Child Welfare and the Child Welfare Department at all nine Federally Recognized Oregon Tribes

Jan - May


Child Welfare Social Services Specialist for the State of Oregon


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