Weaving Spirits Festival of Two-Spirit Performance

Co-Curated by Landa Lakes & Javier Stell-Fresquez in association with BAAIT-S
Fri-Sun, Mar 6-8. Fri & Sat, 7pm-10pm, Sun 5pm matinee
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CounterPulse and the Bay Area American Indian Two-Spirits (BAAIT-S) welcome you to the first contemporary Two-Spirit Performance Festival in Yelamu (San Francisco).

Weaving Spirits will feature Two-Spirit Indigenous artists, many of which are already known both nationally and internationally, as well as artists emerging in the Bay Area community. We are bringing together, or weaving, the ways of the past into the present.

These artists utilize performance and storytelling to visibilize a diverse range of experiences as California Natives, Natives relocated to The Bay Area, and visiting Native performers and culture bearers.

Festival evening performances range from traditional forms to experimental performance art, dance, and drag. Workshop offerings dig deeper into decolonizing sexuality, performance, and language.​ Curated by an intergenerational team of Two-Spirit community leaders, with cultural protocols honoring the Rahmaytush (Onlone), ancestral stewards of Yelamu (San Francisco).

Festival Program

Friday Performances, 7pm-10pm

L Frank Manriquez: L Frank will perform a California Native Song
Roger Kuhn: Mvto. Song writer and performer Roger Kuhn performs Mvto, the Creek word for thank you
Dismantle: An intergenerational collaboration across time by Amelia, Amanda & Peter Vigil
Brush Arbor Gurlz: We Are Woven. Connecting our spirits by Landa Lakes, U-phoria Glitter, Kenya Pfister and Miso Hornay
Sissy Slays: Urban Indigenous Vibes. Dance/vogue piece bringing out the indigecunt
Kanyon Sayers- Roods: Coyote Conversation. Artists weave together conversations of coyote medicine with decolonizing perspectives and reindigenization of ritual and ceremony into communal art spaces

Saturday Workshops

Wakan Wiya Healing Drum Circle

Open Drum presenting work done in the Bay Area. A facilitated healing work with all attendants invited to sit at the drum and offer songs together with our drumkeepers and singers.

About the facilitator: Zamora Zamora is a two-spirit Yaqui and Tongva feminist scholar and organizer. She has been a ceremonial signer for many years in Two Spirit women’s ceremonial community. Through several years of participating in women’s drumming, Zamora has learned from other singers and drummers, sharing prayers, sharing songs and traditions. She is a board member of the Chicana Latina Foundation and has worked in community based non-profits in grant management.

Workshop Time TBD. Check back for registration link.

Decolonizing our Sexualities

Panel to be lead by P. Donté Cuauhtemoc, with Roger Khun, Jennifer Lisa Vest

About the facilitators:

Mescalero Apache, Mexika-Chichimeca/Cano is a UCR Critical Dance Studies Ph.D. student whose studies have been supported by the U.S. Department of Education Native American Studies Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (G.A.A.N.N.) Fellowship, the Dean’s Distinguished Doctoral Student Fellowship, and the Max H. Gluck Arts Fellowship. Their research focuses on how the House Ballroom Scene children of the western hemisphere have deployed the dance form of vogue (voguing/Performance) as a praxis of decolonization.

Dr. Jennifer Lisa Vest is a philosopher, poet, and healer. She has a PhD from UC Berkeley in Indigenous Philosophies, is a former professor of Philosophy, and has published poetry and philosophy in the areas of intersectionality, feminism, queerness, and Native and African thought.

Workshop Time TBD. Check back for registration link.

Saturday Performances, 7pm-10pm

Wikan Wiya: Wakan Wiya Healing Drum Circle
Dismantle: An intergenerational collaboration across time by Amelia, Amanda & Peter Vigil
Jennifer Vest: (Re)Counting (Wo)Man. a one-person show that explores indigeneity, sexuality, queerness, history, ancestral traditions, anti-black racism, and strategies of survival in a mixed media tapestry of poetry, storytelling, images, and film.
Chaac

Sunday Performances, 5pm-8pm

Bagz: We Are Woven. Connecting our spirits by Landa Lakes, U-phoria Glitter, Kenya Pfister and Miso Hornay
Faun: ALL ALONG is a digital tour of healing. A 1722.7 mile road trip seeks to end enveloping self hatred and colonization.
Kanyon Sayers- Roods: Coyote Conversation. Artists weave together conversations of coyote medicine with decolonizing perspectives and reindigenization of ritual and ceremony into communal art spaces.

Additional programming to be announced. Check back for more details.

Details

Start:
February 11
End:
March 8
Cost:
$10 - $50
Website:
https://counterpulse.secure.force.com/ticket/#/events/a0Sf300000DK8E5EAL

Organizer

CounterPulse

Venue

CounterPulse