Niish Manidoowag (Two-Spirited Beings)

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Long before the settlers arrived to Turtle Island (aka North America), there existed a Two Spirit Society in many tribal communities. The Two Spirited people were revered and treated with respect and equality. They were sought for their wisdom, healing and visions. Once a child had reached the age of puberty, a special ceremony was held. The child would enter a lodge, and pick either a basket or a bow. The item chosen helped to provide guidance on whether the feminine or masculine role would be the path followed. The Two Spirit Society was quickly abolished with the arrival of settlers.

The Two Spirit Society has been revived… Niish Manidoowag speaks to the real issues that transgender youth encounter in their life’s journey. We honour all LGBQT peoples everywhere.

Directed by Debbie Mishibinijima, an Odawa/Potawatomi woman from Wiikwemkoong Unceded Territory (Manitoulin Island, Ontario). The name of this film is in Anishinaabemowin, translated to English, it means Two-Spirited Beings.