Understanding Native American Two-Spirit Identity

The terms transgender, non-binary, and genderqueer have become more well-known in recent years. A Native American identity for the spirit encompassing all genders and sexual orientation, the “two-spirit” identity is the focus of an upcoming interactive workshop as part of Native American Heritage Month.

Ty Defoe performs a traditional two-spirit dance

Ty Defoe performs a traditional two-spirit dance

On November 16, 7:00–8:30 p.m., multidisciplinary Grammy winner and activist Ty Defoe will discuss the significance behind the concept of Two-Spirit. Attendees can participate in embodied movements, engaging both their bodies and minds.

As part of Native American Heritage Month, the Two-Spirit workshop seeks to raise awareness of Native accomplishments and issues. Attendees are encouraged to share ideas, build relationships, discuss, and reflect on their personal unique experiences as part of the civic engagement aspects of the workshop. This workshop is a great opportunity to learn more about the rich and diverse cultures of the Native American community and gain a deeper understanding of a Native American perspective on identity.

More details on this event and other Native American Heritage Month events can be found on the Multicultural Student Affairs website.