Photo: George Lawson
Cheyanna Kootenhayoo AKA Kookum is a DJ and multi media maker from the Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation, and Cold Lake First Nations, their maternal Denesuline traditional territory. Based out of Vancouver BC, Kookum has been making a name for their self across the country and is no stranger in the community.
Kookum is an open format DJ inspired by EDM and Hip Hop music. This diverse-mix-diva is a force on the decks and always keeps the party hype, fresh, and unpredictable.
Before the pandemic Kookum was touring nationally and internationally with the Snotty Nose Rez Kids, holding down a weekly DJ residency, facilitating videography and DJ workshops, operating sound and lighting for community dance parties, and working as a DJ mentor at a weekly East Van youth drop in program called The Hip Hop Drop.
Now you can catch DJ Kookum performing virtually for online festivals and conferences, curating online events, hosting online workshops, making beats in the studio, selling merchandise on their online store, and DJing at covid safe in person gatherings.
Kookum has been a video editor for 10 years and has experience editing for television, documentaries and promotional videos. Kookum is also the music supervisor for the children’s television series called ‘Coyote Science’ and works with the Indigenous Matriarchs 4 Media Lab to host a new podcast on immersive art and VR technology.