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Two Spirits

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Taté Walker

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Two Spirits
A presentation by Taté Walker
Mniconjou Lakota
Participants of this presentation will:
Show respect to other cultures and value systems.
Learn new gender perspectives.
Understand the important role Two Spirits played and continue to play in Native and non-Native societies.
Create and execute better service models for Two Spirit clients.
Allows for an inclusive understanding of gender & sexuality
Embraces traditional Native perspectives
Ensures culturally-responsive representation
Two Spirit: Defined
LAKOTA: Winkte
CROW: Boté
ZUNI: lhamana
NAVAJO: Nádleehí
A Tribe Called Queer
Gay marriage accepted* and/or practiced:
Coquille Indian Tribe (Oregon) 2009
Suquamish Tribe (Washington) 2011
Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians (Michigan) 2013
Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians (Michigan) 2013
Santa Ysabel Tribe (California) June 2013
Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation (Washington) 2013
Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes (Oklahoma) 2013
Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe (Minnesota) 2013
Puyallup Tribe of Indians (Washington) 2014
Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska, 2015
Oneida Nation (Wisconsin) 2015
Keweenaw Bay Indian Community (Michigan) 2015

*Pine Ridge passed resolution supporting gay marriage, though does not perform ceremonies - 2011
For More Info
Native Peoples Magazine
! www.nativepeoples.com
Chacaby, M., & Plummer, M.L. (2016). A Two-Spirit Journey: T
he Autobiography of a Lesbian Ojibwa-Cree Elder
. University of Manitoba Press.
Jacobs, S., Thomas, W., & Lang, S. (1997).
Two-Spirit People: Native American Gender Identity, Sexuality, and Spirituality

Gilley, B. (2006).
Becoming Two-Spirit
. http://www.nebraskapress.unl.edu/Supplements/Excerpts/Fall%2006/9780803271265_excerpt.pdf

Her Story
," critically acclaimed web series about trans and queer lives by Two Spirit/trans filmmaker Sydney Freeland (also directed "Drunktown's Finest")
Two Spirits
" documentary twospirits.org
The Business of Fancydancing
" www.imdb.com/title/tt0303313/
Injunuity: Two Spirits
" Vision Maker Media series www.injunuity.org

Search "Two Spirit Societies" and a host of sites come up from around the country.
Indigenous Wellness Research Institute http://www.iwri.org
Jon Roth "A Tribe Called Queer" http://www.out.com/news-commentary/2012/01/11/tribe-called-queer
Will Roscoe "Who Are the Two Spirits?" http://www.willsworld.org/twospiritq-a.html
Wopila Tanka
Taté Walker
Specialized work roles
Gender variations
Spiritual sanction
Queer relationships
Two Spirits occupied:
Two Spirit is NOT
official trailer
It's Complicated
"Two Spirit" - by
Two Spirit is
Your gender identity to appropriate
Tweet @MissusTWalker
Snap/IG @WalkerImagining
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