Raised on the Annette Island Indian Reserve, Mique’l Dangeli is of the Tsimshian Nation of Metlakatla, Alaska. She belongs to the Lax̱sgiik (Eagle Clan) and carries the Tsimshian name Shu’g̱oot Lax̱sgiik (Devoted Eagle) and Tlingit name Taakw Shaawát (Winter Woman).
Mique’l is a dancer, choreographer, art historian, curator, and author.
Since 2003, she and her husband Nisga’a artist and carver Mike Dangeli have shared the leadership of Git Hayetsk (People of the Copper Shield), an internationally-renowned Northwest Coast First Nations mask-dancing group based in the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples, known today as Vancouver, BC. Their dancers are from the Nisga’a, Tsimshian, Gitx̱san, Haida, Haisla, Tahltan, Tlingit, and Musqueam Nations. They have performed throughout Canada, the US, and abroad. Git Hayetsk is dedicated to respectfully continuing their peoples’ ancient tradition of expressing their contemporary existence through the arts by creating new songs and dances to reflect and record their experiences as First Nations people today.
Mique’l holds a PhD from the Department of Art History, Visual Art, and Theory at UBC. Her work in dance led to her doctoral research, which focuses on the processes through which Northwest Coast First Nations dance artists compose, choreograph, and collaborate. She examines the ways in which dance artists assert, negotiate, and enact protocol as a part of their process and how it can be understood as an embodied form of sovereignty that reifies First Nations land rights, epistemologies, and hereditary privileges among diverse audiences and collaborators.