Niizh Manidoowag (2013)
(c)RM Young Photography
A story about being a citizen of your nation and a part of your community and culture.
As They Are: Two-Spirit People in the Modern World
A Film by Mike Garrido and Tarek Tohme
Featuring: Elton Naswood (Navajo), Ben Lucero Wolf (Kiowa) and Richard Eric Dearmore (Paiute)
Special Thanks to Evan Hughes, AIDS Project Los Angeles and the Red Circle Project
Wabanaki Two-Spirit Alliance “It gets better” video
"That Show" - Two spirit people
Our Families: LGBT / Two Spirit Native American stories
The actress in question is Carmen Moore (Navajo).
Native American Transsexual Actress Stars in New Film
Drunktown’s Finest is a movie about finding hope in the bleakest of circumstances. Director Sydney Freeland grew up in the real Drunktown: Gallup, N.M. Or at least that’s what ABC’s 20/20, the cable newsmagazine that gave her hometown that dreadful moniker in 1990, would have her believe.
Holding up Native American Two Spirit people as LGBTQI poster children for gay marriage is problematic on several fronts. It privileges one cause (marriage) over institutional racism, sexual and racist violence, socio-economic disadvantage, health, and other ongoing effects of colonialism. We need to respect the cultural traditions and struggles of other cultures, by becoming more aware of the concept of Otherness and how this frames our understanding of the world. The notion of the Other illustrates how dominant cultures define their own experience as the default human position. Dominant cultures perpetuate colonialist practices by using their own cultural values and traditions to make sense of, and judge, how we view Other cultures. In effect, academics and activists have Othered the Two Spirit people, by inscribing their own politics and interests onto this practice, and not approaching Native American culture from their own historical and social perspectives.