National Native American Heritage Month Event
Indigenous peoples have of North America have histories and traditions that date back to time immemorial. While masses of Europeans lived in abject poverty subject to the individual whims of a few men, Indian people had thriving democracies based on equality, respect, responsibility and diversity. European colonists found these traditions so unusual and threatening to the oppressive systems they understood that they were compelled to set about systematic destruction of many nations and our way of life. From ancient pasts our lifeways and intellectual perspectives have been significantly different in a variety of ways. Noteworthy differences on aging, the role of elders, women, sex, gender and sexuality require examination, not as an alternative, but as a solution to many of today’s social ills.
Join us as elders Sharon M. Day, the Executive Director of the Twin City’s Indigenous Peoples Task Force, Kent Lebsock, of the NorthEast Two-Spirit Society and Louis Mofsie, the lead-singer and founding member of the Thunderbird American Indian Singers and Dancers and Chairman of the American Indian Community House’s Board of Directors, examine the past, present and future of Indigenous Two-Spirit traditions, our communities and, most importantly, the roles of our elders. The forum will also address the enriching traditions Native Americans can offer as solutions to issues surrounding gender diversity, sexuality and aging.
Admission is always free, though donations are accepted.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 6-8PM
LGBT Community Center
208 West 13th Street – Rm. 101