Award-Winning Gender Diversity Documentary “Two Spirits” - Screening and Panel Discussion
Date: September 22 2011 7:00pm Location: Council Chambers in Templeton
Council Chambers in Templeton
Join us for the screening of “Two Spirits”, an award-winning documentary that explores the cultural context behind the honored Navajo tradition - the ‘nádleehí’, or ‘two-spirit’, who possess a balance of masculine and feminine traits.
“Two Spirits” interweaves the tragic story of a mother’s loss of her son with a revealing look at how the world cannot be simply divided into male and female.
The film screening will be followed …by a panel discussion, and food is provided.
Sponsored by the Two Spirit Society, Indigenous Ways of Knowing Program (IWOK) and the Office of Multicultural Affairs.
More About The Film…
Fred Martinez explained to his family that he didn’t want to have to choose between being a boy or a girl–that he wanted to be both. Since the Navajo concept of nádleehí transcends limited categorization, it is likely that had Fred lived, he would have continued to describe himself as nádleehí—a spiritual, sexual, and gender identity that would have continued to provide him with a dignified sense of his history and a hopeful view of his future.
“A beautiful and tragic story……. Quite educating on the meaning of being Two-Spirited.”