VIRTUAL: Live via Zoom!
Tuesday, May 3, 7:30 PM ET
Gregory D. Smithers presents Reclaiming Two Spirits: Sexuality, Spiritual Renewal, & Sovereignty in Native America
In conversation with Alan Gallay
Author and scholar Gregory D. Smithers' Reclaiming Two Spirits is a sweeping history of Indigenous traditions of gender, sexuality, and resistance that reveals how, despite centuries of colonialism, Two-Spirit people are reclaiming their place in Native nations. Before 1492, hundreds of Indigenous communities across North America included people who identified as neither male nor female, but both. They went by aakíí’skassi, miati, okitcitakwe, or one of hundreds of other tribally specific identities. After European colonizers invaded Indian Country, centuries of violence and systematic persecution followed, imperiling the existence of people who today call themselves Two-Spirits, an umbrella term denoting feminine and masculine qualities in one person. Smithers draws on written sources, archaeological evidence, art, and oral storytelling to trace how the authors of colonialism's written archives used language in an attempt to denigrate and erase Two-Spirit people from history—and to show how they failed. Join us for a virtual event meant to amplify the history and voices of Indigenous resistance, where Smithers will be joined in conversation by scholar and author Alan Gallay for a reading, discussion, and audience Q&A.