Dancers and drummers (and spectators) are invited to join the 5th Annual Bay Area American Indian Two Spirits Powwow.
Two-spirit people is a modern umbrella term used by some indigenous North Americans for gender variant individuals in their communities. The organizers of the powwow say they are, “the first and only public two spirit powwow in the world.”
2016 Bay Area American Indian Two Spirits Powwow
Saturday, February 20, 2016 | 10 am to 10 pm
Herbst Pavilion, Fort Mason Center
San Francisco, CA
On February 19th, there will be a pre-Powwow Potluck and Social.
The event has doubled in size from 2014 and will take place at the Herbst Pavilion in Fort Mason Center. They welcome all two spirits as well as allies. All dancers and drummers are invited to join. There will be contests and specials for dancers, specialty food including fry bread and Indian tacos, crafts and gifts for sale, a raffle, and most of all, community.
The BAAITS Powwow has made history as the first and only public Powwow hosted by the Two Spirit community.
- Head Dancers: Marc Eyslee Keka-Goggles (Wichita & Otoe), Alicia Star-Peters (Wet’suwet’en First Nation), Ty Defoe (Oneida & Ojibwe)
- Head Youth Dancers: Arianna Antone-Ramirez (Tohono O’odham), Raziel Goodface (Lower Brule Lakota Sioux Tribe)
The Host Drums this year will be Blue Medicine Well from Gallup, New Mexico and Southern Pride from Jay, Oklahoma. Their M.C.s will be L. Frank Manriquez (Tongva/Ajachemem), and Coy McLemore (Kiowa). Arena Director will be Erik Kimple (Blackfeet) and Head Judge will be Kaylene Kimple (Comanche).
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