Ayla Modeste (Shir Modesty) is a Nehiyaw, Gwich’in Dancer and Story Teller from Edmonton. Dancing is her way of exploring her inner ocean of curiosity, sensuality and pain. She uses her voice to speak for justice and indigenous rights and she recognizes that her art is an act of resistance. There is no way to define Shir Modesty and she won’t be confined to any label or put into any societal box.
Iskwêtew Iskwêwak, a burlesque inspired performance group was created with Ayla and other Indigenous Womxn to bring sexual liberation into Indigenous Culture. Ayla has performed with many local Edmonton shows including; Shumka’s “Ancestors and Elders”, Mile Zero Dance Performances, Azimuth Theatre Performances, Nuit Blanche Edmonton, Edmonton’s Fringe Festival and GODDESSA.