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Support LGBT Programming at the Eiteljorg| Help us fund TWO SPIRITS film

by Sally Dickson, Eiteljorg development manager | Sep 18, 2013

"A gorgeous, moving, wrenching, and ultimately uplifting story, the kind of film that opens the mind and heart so wide they can never close as tightly again.” - Martha Beck, bestselling author

The Eiteljorg is always “Telling Amazing Stories” and next Saturday's showing of Two Spirits is no different.  This powerful documentary about the brief life and tragic hate crime murder of Navajo teen, Fred Martinez, will be presented at 12:30 p.m. Sept. 28 - with your help.

About the film
Fred was part of an honored Navajo tradition - the 'nadleehi', or 'two-spirit', who possesses a balance of masculine and feminine traits. Two Spirits  mourns Fred and the threatened disappearance of the two-spirit tradition, but it also brims with hope and the belief that we all are enriched by multi-gendered people, and that all of us — regardless of ethnicity, gender, sexuality, or cultural heritage — benefit from being free to be our truest selves.

Fred’s story is interwoven with the issues of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community and how its members are viewed in a traditional Navajo culture vs. a historical and modern Western culture. The horrible crime committed against Fred is just one example that highlights the conflicting cultural views and the potential hatred that Western culture can breed. As the film says, “between tradition and controversy, between sex and spirit, between freedom and fear, lies the truth.”  

The museum is asking for the community's support through the Power2Give project -which empowers you to give directly to local arts projects you are passionate about. It will cost $4,900 to bring the Two Spirits presentation to the Eiteljorg. Chase Bank is matching the dollars - but if we don't raise the full amount, the matching money goes away.

As of Sept. 19, we need $1,785 to full fund this LGBT program.

You can support this exploration for the truth by clicking here and making a gift through Power2Give. Your donation, no matter how small, help us turn our dream of presenting this documentary and panel discussion into reality.  Sharing and giving are the basis of Power2Give – please share this with your friends; please give us a chance to tell this amazing story, ultimately a story of hope.

Here is the schedule for the Sept. 28 documentary screening and panel discussion.
12:30 p.m.           Introduction by Out West curator Gregory Hinton
12:45 p.m.           Two Spirits film screening (54 min.)

After the screening, Out West creator/producer Gregory Hinton will introduce a powerhouse discussion:
1:45 – 3:30 p.m.  Panel discussion
3:30 p.m.             DVD and book signing in 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)

Here is a preview of Two Spirits:

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