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"Two Spirits" Film Screening at Pomona College Nov. 14

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The Pomona College Queer Resource Center will host a screening of the documentary film Two Spirits, followed by a panel discussion. This event will be held on Thursday, Nov. 14 at 6:30 p.m. at the Pomona College Queer Resource Center (Walton Commons, 396 E. 6th St., Claremont, CA).

Two Spirits examines the life and death of Fred Martinez, his mother’s loss, and the contemporary lives and history of Native “two-spirit” people, a term that encompasses  the spectrum of varied gender and sexual expression. Martinez was a nádleehí, a male-bodied person with a feminine nature—a gift according to his Navajo culture. Through the film’s exploration of this story comes the fear of the disappearance of the two-spirit tradition, but also the belief that multi-gendered people enrich society and the hope that we benefit from being free to be our truest selves.

The speakers are Michelle Enfield, Shawn Imitates-Dog and Gabriel Estrada.

Enfield was born on the Navajo Reservation in Fort Defiance, Arizona, and is a member of the Navaho Nation. Unable to find a word that “fit” her early in her life, she found inspiration in Tula, a post-operative transgender who had been cast as a Bond Girl. Today, she is an HIV Prevention Training Specialist in Los Angeles, California and works with the Red Circle Project.  The transgender organizations We Happy Trans and This Is H.O.W.  named her one of the top 100 Trans Pioneers for 2013.

Imitates-Dog was born in Martin, South Dakota and at the age of 18 he left the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation to live with friends in the Los Angeles area. Still very involved in the Native community, he is part of the Red Circle Project, which is a project through AIDS Project Los Angeles that focuses on Native people living with HIV/AIDS, as well as preventative work. Shawn is also the president of the board of directors with the Southern California Indian Center.

Estrada is a professor in American Indian studies at California State University, Long Beach. His work includes several publications on Two-Spirit film and literature. Dr. Estrada is a community advisory board member for the Red Circle Project of AIDS Project Los Angeles, the only Native HIV prevention program in LA. Estrada is working on a book entitled Two Spirit Film: Seeing Red, Healing Native Gender. He is a Two-Spirit scholar of Chiricahua Apache, Raramuri, Caxcan Nahua and Chicana matrilineages.

For more information, contact (909) 607-7693.

Pomona College is one of the nation’s premier liberal arts institutions, offering a comprehensive program in the arts, humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. Its hallmarks include small classes, close relationships between students and faculty, and a range of opportunities for student research. Visit Pomona College on the web at www.pomona.edu.

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