KUNU BEARCHUM

Of the Northern Cheyenne and Ho-chunk Nations, Kunu Bearchum is a multimedia artist based in Portland, Oregon. As a creative who identifies as a modern day storyteller, he uses technology and critical thinking to maintain the ancient craft of telling stories. Using classic forms of narrative and contemporary practices he strives to tell authentic parables. Bearchum dreams of creating an entirely Native-focused multimedia broadcast and distribution company like Vice or Aboriginal Peoples Television Network. In the meantime, he’s working hard to launch a STEM summer camp for middle school-aged Native students that marries biomedical and nutrition science with traditional ecological knowledge. “Where I’m at now is an evolution of what I feel like I should be putting into the world,” he says. “[Native Americans have] always had our oral history and storytelling ability. I want to make music that shows that.”