Updated: Jan 29
Why “Tribe”? Our original rationale behind the name Submersive Tribe was that we wanted to create an organization where people feel a familial connection in our music and art community. For our founders, the word “Tribe” meant people from all different walks of life, cultural backgrounds, gender identities, and so forth, could come together to form a family over a common appreciation and love for music, art and community. Our founders are truly inspired by Indigenous kinship and communal values.
We would like to take this opportunity to highlight that Indigenous Tribes/Nations around the globe continue to fight for jurisdiction over their lands and livelihoods. We acknowledge and recognize that the word “Tribe” may be perceived as a colonial term, one that labels Indigenous Nations, stripping their autonomy and agency over self-identifying.
That being said, for some of us this word signals a departure from the western status quo in how we relate to one another at events and in life.
We are currently reviewing our brand and whether we can keep the word “Tribe” in a good way. We need the help, guidance and support of our community to weigh in on what this term means to them, whether or not it is appropriative, and the best course of action moving forward. We are grateful to engage and build relationships with Indigenous People, and seek to increase Indigenous representation in our organization. Our goal has always been to provide a platform for unique and diverse artists in the community.
You are encouraged to submit anonymous feedback regarding our brand here: https://www.submersivetribe.com/submissions