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Indigenous Traditions

Our Indigenous Traditions section tends to center North American Two Spirit people (often, but not always of transgender experience), but also includes other indigenous perspectives from around the world. This section is distinguished from our Pagan Traditions section in part by an explicitly anti-colonial perspective that is well rooted in a particular land, culture, and lineage.

In the News

The story of a transgender performer in Bharatanatyam -- one of India’s oldest and most revered forms of dance

Coming in at just under 2 minutes, this video puts Ty Defoe's hoop dance at the 2016 BAAITS Pow Wow in the spotlight.

Cathy White of Drexel University's The Triangle (student newspaper) writes about Harlan Pruden's and Sheldon Raymore's presentation on the history of Indigenous Peoples, and specifically on Two Spirit people. A full video is also available, including the Native dance demonstration.

In "Be Proud to be OUT: An Interview with Two of the Volunteers of NativeOUT," by Collestipher Chatto interviews NativeOUT volunteers, Terra Mathews-Hartwell (Tsimshian/Carrier) and Louva Hartwell (Diné) for the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) for the IAIA Chronicle.

New movie, Drunktown's Finest, promises to explore the lives of contemporary Nadleeh in Huffington Post profile, "Native American Transsexual Actress Stars in New Film."

Latest Additions

Lynn Young explores the term "Two Spirit" and what it has means both in Lynn's life and for Transfaith.

Transfaith is seeking Indigenous and Two Spirit voices -- writing, video, poetry, and ritual relating to gender experiences. The call is distributed as a PDF.

In "India's 'third gender': A marginalised social class" from Al Jazeera, we get a brief introduction to the indigenous hijra identity of continental India -- in both historical and contemporary perspective.

This 60-minute broadcast covers Two Spirit identity as well as the Tribal Equity Toolkit and the Portland Two Spirit Society, with community members from the Portland, OR area including Candace Brings Plenty-Wright and Se-ah-dom Edmo.

The LGBT Muslim Retreat was covered by the Advocate and the Washington Post in 2013, tracing complex dynamics of colonial influence and Islamophobia.

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NativeOUT is a national nonprofit volunteer education, multimedia, and news organization actively involved in the Two Spirit Movement.