Kathleen Martens shares the story of Two Spirit Vernon/Vanida Plamondon’s journey. Click here to watch this video.
“The Business of Fancydancing ”
First shown in theaters:May 10, 2002 MPAA Rating:None Genres:Drama Distributors:Outrider Pictures Box Office:$174,682
Synopsis: Seymour Polatkin lives a dream life, sharing his colonized Indian ironies with the world through poetry. He’s rich, famous, gay and Indian, facets that make such a diamond sparkle. Unless you haven’t been home to the reservation in almost 10 years.
For more information: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0303313/
“Honored by the Moon.” VHS and U-Matic, 15 min. 1989. Women Make Movies, New York. The traditional roles that gay and lesbian people had among various Indian nations, as well as contemporary issues of homosexuality and homophobia, are examined.
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“Night Visions” – 1989, Canada (Lesbian – Drama: Racism and homophobia are explored in two overlapping stories, one about a Native American single mother fighting social welfare authorities and her white ex-husband for custody of her daughter, the other about a lesbian photographer whose erotic photographs have been seized by the police.)
“Two Spirits” 2009 65 minutes. Filmmaker Lydia Nibley examines the Navajo tradition – the ‘nadleeh’, or ‘two-spirit’, and the hate crime murder of Fred Martinez who was nadleeh and killed at 16 . http://twospirits.org/
“Two Spirits” is a documentary about Joey Criddle , a Two Spirit leader, father and activist. Director: Ruth Fertig 2007 22 min. USA http://www.frameline.org/now-showing/frameline-voices/two-spirits
” First Stories: Two Spirited” -2007, 6 min 49 sec. Two Spirited is a story of Rodney “Geeyo” Poucette’s encounter with prejudice and his journey to overcome it. In August 2000, Geeyo registered as a dancer in the Kamloopa Powwow under the Jingle Dress category and after competing, an elder took away his championship.
Find the film here: http://www.nfb.ca/film/first_stories_two_spirited