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Eiteljorg to Screen Film about Hate Crime Murder of Navajo Teen this Saturday, Sep. 28

by User Not Found | Sep 27, 2013



Film focuses on the life and hate crime murder of teen,
because of his sexual orientation


What:     Two Spirits is the powerful documentary that tells the story of Fred Martinez – a Navajo boy who was beaten to death because his killer believed he was gay. Martinez actually considered himself “Two-Spirit,” or “nadleehi” – a Navajo term for a male-bodied person with a feminine essence.

Two Spirits explores the bullying and violence commonly faced by LGBT people and the epidemic of LGBT teen suicide. It also reveals the range of gender expression long seen as a healthy part of many of the indigenous cultures of North America.

Who:      Through its Out West series, The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art illuminates positive contributions of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) community to the history and cultures of the West.

When:       Two Spirits screening schedule for Saturday, Sep. 28
                 12:30 p.m.   Welcome by Gregory Hinton, founder of Out West
                 12:45 p.m.   Two Spirits film screening (54 min.)
                 1:45 – 3:30 p.m.  Panel discussion
                 3:30 p.m.   DVD and book signing

Two Spirits panel
- Jodi A. Byrd, Ph.D. (Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma), associate professor of American Indian Studies and English, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
- Lydia Nibley, director, Two Spirits
- Brian Joseph Gilley, Ph.D. (Cherokee of Oklahoma), associate professor of anthropology and director of the First Nations Educational and Cultural Center, Indiana University Bloomington; author of Becoming Two-Spirit
- Wesley K. Thomas, Ph.D. (Diné), chair/professor, School of Diné Studies, Education & Leadership, Navajo Technical College (Crownpoint, NM)

Contact:   DeShong Perry-Smitherman, Eiteljorg public relations manager

About the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art
The Eiteljorg Museum seeks to inspire an appreciation and understanding of the art, history and cultures of the American West and the indigenous peoples of North America. The museum is located in Downtown Indianapolis’ White River State Park, at 500 West Washington, Indianapolis, IN 46204. For general information about the museum and to learn more about exhibits and events, call (317) 636-WEST (9378) or visit

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