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A sneak peek of TWO SPIRITS | Documentary about murdered transgender Navajo teen

by User Not Found | Aug 23, 2013
On Sep. 28, the Eiteljorg will screen Two Spirits - the powerful documentary about the brief life and murder of 16-year-old transgender Navajo Fred Martinez. To help the museum fund this project, please make a donation to Power2Give.  

Here is a preview of Two Spirits: 
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Fred Martinez
explained to his family that he didn’t want to have to choose between being a boy or a girl–that he wanted to be both. Fred self-identified as a gay male and commonly used the name Fred, as well as “F.C.” He also expressed a wonderfully feminine aspect of his truest self in the way he dressed and presented himself, and sometimes wanted to be called Beyoncé, in honor of his favorite singer. Since the Navajo concept of nádleehí transcends limited categorization, it is likely that had Fred lived, he would have continued to describe himself as nádleehí—a spiritual, sexual, and gender identity that would have continued to provide him with a dignified sense of his history and a hopeful view of his future. Fred was drawn to the spiritual traditions of his own culture as well as the spirituality of the Native American Church. He loved the beauties of Monument Valley, and wanted to collect eagle feathers with which to make ceremonial fans. Fred felt he was destined for great things and told his friends he was sure he would appear in Teen People magazine one day, a hope that became sadly prophetic when an article about his murder did appear.

From the website,


12:30 p.m. Welcome by Gregory Hinton, Out West founder
12:45 p.m. "Two Spirits" film screening
1:45 – 3:30 p.m. Panel discussion
3:30 p.m. DVD/book signing Eiteljorg Museum Store


 - Moderator: 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)


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