1. Two Spirit: Experiencing the Continuum of Gender Through Native American Eyes
As part of Native American History Month and Transgender Awareness Week, Drexel is celebrating and welcoming the North East Two-Spirit Society back to Campus. This program will feature a presentation and discussion around Two Spirit and how
Native Americans historically and currently see the role of gender. The second part of the presentation will feature a traditional Pow Wow.
Both Programs will take place on Tuesday, November 12th from 5-7 PM, Black Box Theatre – Drexel Urban Center (35th and Market Sts.). This program will also be hosted online (see below for online log-in information)
Part I – (45-60 mins)
Two-Spirit People: Then and Now
Sex, Gender and Sexuality in Historical & Contemporary Native America
The Indigenous peoples of North America have many cultural traditions that have often been misrepresented or
suppressed through the colonization process. Many of these are significantly different perspectives about sex, gender and sexuality than those imported from Western Europe. In the 21st century, one tradition that was nearly lost is what is referred to as Two-Spirit (lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender Native peoples). This presentation will examine these traditions from a pre-contact and to a present day context.
Part II – (30-45 mins)
The Spirit of the Drum
Understanding and Experiencing the Power of Pow-wows
Learn the basics of pow-wows and the important place of the drum in Native culture. This interactive workshop will include basic pow-wow etiquette, explanations of each major dance style and the regalia associated with it.
Participants will also learn two dances: a Round Dance, a universal social dance for most Native gatherings, as well as basic inter-tribal dance, that can be used at any pow-wow.
This event will also be accessible online for those who cannot attend in-person. Stay Tuned to the SCIC website for log-in information and how you can virtually participate in the discussion and presentation. The Pow-Wow will be recorded and posted for future viewing on the SCIC website.
The event is sponsored by the Student Center for Inclusion and Culture, the LBGTQA Faculty/Staff Group, the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts and Design, as well as the Office of Commuter and Transfer Student Engagement.
2. Spiritual Movements of the Hawaiian Islands (in-person and online workshops)
The traditional dances, movements and songs of the Hawaiian Islands represent the rolling waves, beauty and natural entities of the Islands. Join Drexel alumna and Dance Movement Therapist, Emily Nussdorfer, as she shares some of the history and engages participants in the peaceful elegance of the indigenous Hawaiian’s spiritual movements. Emily will be conducting this workshop twice:
- Wednesday, November 13th from 12-1:30 PM in the James E. Marks Intercultural Center, Lower Level Multipurpose Room (33rd and Chestnut Streets, University City Campus)
- Thursday, November 14th from 12-1:30 PM in the Stiles Hall Multipurpose Room (325 N. 15th Street, Center City Campus)
The workshop will also be webcasted on Wednesday, November 13th. If you cannot attend in person, please join us virtually. Check the Student Center for Inclusion and Culture (SCIC) website for log-in information on November 13th.
For more information and/or accommodations, please contact SCIC at firstname.lastname@example.org. Comfortable clothing, which allows movement is recommended. The movements are best done in bare feet, however, sneakers are adequate. Light refreshments will be provided.
The event is part of Drexel’s Native American History Month activities. For a full schedule of events, visit the SCIC website. The event is sponsored by Drexel A HealthierU, Student Center for Inclusion and Culture, The Drexel Meditation Group, as well as Commuter and Transfer Student Engagement.