This claw's story

Cory Hunlin

I’m a Two-Spirit Tsilhqot'in (Chilcotin) from Tsideldel (Redstone), British Columbia, Canada. Raised in Vancouver, BC and now live in Montreal, QC sharing the beautiful undercurrents.

I'm an Artist, Maker, & Photographer exploring ways to connect with you.

When I first moved to Montreal in 2017, the first thing I learned, was about Two-Spirits. At the time it was rarely mentioned in the west coast. Once I learned that, I decided to do some more digging into my culture. I started going to more events and became involved in the Tiohtià:ke community. 

This was my first time doing a deep dive into my culture, since I've been a city boy most of my life, disconnected and uneducated about the real issues. Later that spring, a friend approached me at the Native Friendship Center and asked if I wanted to join the bead workshop upstairs. At first I was hesitant but she was convincing. I made my first bracelet, then people started asking to buy my work! Ended up doing my first market at Mcgill Pow Wow a few months later and have been hooked ever since! 

I saw this as an opportunity to spread awareness about Two-Spirits. Just me making earrings at markets & selling my art doing my thing was the simple statement I wanted. Showing people that we are here & are taking over! I'm Thankful for all the opportunities beadwork has given me & the teachings it has revealed. I fully believe I'm on the right path and have to share this traditional knowledge! 

Since the Mcgill Pow Wow, I have attended multiple markets including, UQAM Farmers Market, Montreal Aboriginal Network, Concordia's Farmers Market, Eva B, Montreal Pride, The Youth Pow Wow, The Other Pop Up, Queer Market, Community Day during MTL Pride, Etsy MTL, Bipoc Market, Concordia's First Voices Week, Diving Bell Social Club Arts Market, First People's Week at Dawson College & more to come!

Hosted multiple workshops including: Aboriginal Days at Cabot Square, Mcgill, Ashukan Cultural Space. Lastly, I take photos for indigenous events in Montreal.

Sechanalyagh (Thank You) for supporting an Indigenous Artist!