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The Many Faces of Two-Spirit People


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The Many Faces of Two-Spirit People

  • Two Rivers Gallery 1530 East Franklin Avenue Minneapolis, MN, 55404 United States (map)

Two-Spirit is a term for Native and Alaskan Native Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender people. The term has a long history in many Native cultures, although it is not applicable in all tribes. It means having both female and male spirits in one person. In many tribes, Two-Spirit people were considered gifted and had special roles to fulfill in the community. The term "Two-Spirit" was adopted in 1990 at the third International Native Gay and Lesbian Gathering in Winnipeg, Canada. 


Minnesota Indian Women's Resource Center

Two-Spirit Society of Minnesota

Office of Minority Health Resource Center

Fond du Lac, Bois Forte, and White Earth Urban Offices

Minneapolis American Indian Center

Two Rivers Gallery

Indigenous People's Task Force


Ain Dah Yung Center

Minnesota Indian Women's Sexual Assault Coalition

Little Earth

Men as Peacemakers

Metropolitan Urban Indian Directors

Special thanks to Elton Naswood and the Office of Minority Health Resource Center and Fond du Lac, Bois Forte, and White Earth Urban Office for their generous financial support and to the Minneapolis American Indian Center and Two Rivers Gallery for hosting the community event and art show.

Earlier Event: May 2
The First Gift
Later Event: May 16
The First Gift