“Being one out of only a few First Nations female DJ’s in Canada, I strive to break stereotypes of women and First Nations people.”
I am DJ Kookum and I bring music and good vibes to all kinds of events and celebrations. My work consists of using creative and technical skills to mix music, create my own sounds and remixes live in front of a wide range of audiences.
You will see me DJ’ing for artists such as the viral pop star twins Dani andLizzy or the cultural hip-hop artists Mob Bounce. Rocking youth and elder dances across Canada, and jamming with the community at various local events, and facilitating film and dj workshops with the youth.
Kookum means grandmother in the native Cree language and is a nickname I’ve had for a long time. I got the name Kookum because I strongly believe in taking care of others, inspiring and sharing knowledge.
Being one out of only a few First Nations female DJ’s in Canada, I strive to break stereotypes of women and First Nations people.
Women are often labeled as basic DJ's or lower skilled than males. I bring enlightenment to this male dominant DJ world and I want to show them that female DJs are fully capable of being just as or even more skilled.
As a first nations person I want to help share our stories and our cultures through music and share the works of so many talented first nations artists.
Facing many obstacles and barriers in my childhood, my love for music has helped me overcome them. Being able to express myself through music and art has lead me to many positive opportunity’s and motivates me to be a role model in the community. I will continue to develop my DJ career and push for the limits.
Cheyanna Kootenhayoo (DJ Kookum) is a musician from the Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation living in Vancouver, B.C.