Two Spirit (also two-spirit or twospirit) is a modern term used to describe certain spiritual people who may also be gay, lesbian, bisexual, and gender-variant. "Two Spirit" is not interchangeable with most words currently used in western culture such as LGBTQ, Queer, Gay, etc. This title differs from most western, mainstream definitions of sexuality and gender identity in that it is not so much about whom one sleeps with, or how one personally identifies; rather, it is a sacred, spiritual and ceremonial role that is recognized and confirmed by the Elders of the Two Spirit's ceremonial community. Many tribe elders recognize two-spirit people, some do not, as we continue to come together in ceremony we pray for inclusion of all peoples. There will be an altar and artist space to share, please feel free to bring pictures of two spirit loved ones who have crossed over.
Registration is required for this free event. please complete fields below. Upon registration, you will be directed to receive, review, and complete (where requested) the following:
1. Liability Waiver and Medical History are required. Complete and return by email or bring it along when you come.2. Guidelines for the Land upon which the event is held 3. Personal/Suggested Gear List4.Map Directions5. FAQ
The Land is a 12-acres homestead located on both sides of the Tule River at about 1,200 feet elevation in the Blue Oak Woodland foothills in the southern Sierra Nevada within the Sequoia National Forest/Giant Sequoia Natioanl Monument. The people who live, work, and pray there are the stewards and do their best to protect and enhance (when possible) the natural qualities of this land.The weather predicted at event weekend is warm (60's) and clear (sunny) during the days and cool (40's) at night. We will provide drinking water, dishes & utensils for meals, please do not bring disposables or plastic water bottles to the gathering. Thank you.
The Two-Spirit Gathering will include:• Temazcalli or Mexica Sweat Lodge• Native dancing such as Danza Azteca• Facilitated break out session including workshops and Talking Circles• Habitat restoration and Water ceremony on Sunday morning• Sacred Alter• Artist space• Native meals Volunteer Opportunities:
Two Spirit Gathering and Ceremony is on Facebook and is recruiting Two Spirit allies to help in all organizing facets. Volunteers who are not necessarily participants but rather Two Spirit allies/supporters are needed for logistics, set-up and breakdown. Those volunteers are encouraged to arrive earlier in the week to help with set-up, we will host and feed you. If you're free during any days in the week prior to the event and/or on event days and want to help, then please inquire...and help to bring our humanity, our lands, and traditions together.
Donations: We welcome donations- we will have a paypal link soon for cash donations. In-kind donations can include propane, dry firewood, ceremonial herbs, coffee, whole turkey, whole fruits & vegetables. We are an environmentally conscious group, we aim to reduce waste, and encourage everyone to be green, while we are appreciative, please do not donate or bring plastic water bottles, or disposables to the gathering. Thank you.
Sponsors:Two Spirits Gathering is co-sponsored by Temazcalli Tule River, WildPlaces, & Academia Juvenil de Arte y Cultura (AJAC)