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 Ramaytush (Ohlone), ancestral stewards of Yelamu (San Francisco).

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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
Never Not Been a Part of Me (Video, 2019) Produced by the Oakland Museum of California

Saturday Workshops

Two-Spirit Medicine Drum Circle

12:00pm-2:00pm at CounterPulse

This is an open drum workshop offered in the Bay Area. This is a facilitated healing workshop with all attendants invited to sit at the drum and sing together as an offering together with our drum keepers and singers.

About the facilitator: Zamora is a two-spirit Yaqui and Tongva feminist scholar and organizer. She has been a ceremonial singer 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. Zamora will lead a healing drum offering on Saturday night of Weaving Spirits Festival.

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Two-Spirits of the Vogue House/Ball Scene Panel

2:15pm-3:30pm at CounterPulse

Panel facilitated by Mason J., Angel Revlon, and Sissy Slays.

About the facilitators:

Mason J. is a  is an Artist, Oral Historian, and Activist, inspired by life as a born raised and displaced Black and Indigenous San Francisco Local, Sick/Disabled Queer, Two Spirit and Trans advocate.

Sissy Slays is a Paiute Native entertainer, organizer, and party host.

Angel Revlon is the overall Father of the West Coast House of Revlon, Angel is an immigrant, curanderx, two spirit/queer, Zapotecx/Xicanx activist and organizer whose life experience has enabled him to connect, advocate with/for, uplift and celebrate community members from all walks of life.  Angel was founder and Mother/Father of the House of Hope, an HIV prevention house for young gay/bi men of color in San Mateo County in the mid 90’s.

Decolonizing our Sexualities

3:45pm-5:00pm at CounterPulse

Panel facilitated by Roger Khun, with Jennifer Lisa Vest, and Snowflake

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.

Roger Kuhn is a licensed marriage and family therapist, currently a PhD candidate focusing on Indigenous concepts of love. Kuhn is a member of AASECT, CAMFT, GAYLESTA and a former chair of BAAITS where he now sits in the board and recently served as Powwow Chair.

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Massage Workshop

5:00pm-6:15pm at CounterPulse

Donation  based workshop facilitated by Esteban Orozco and Dania Cabello.

A unique massage class is being offered at the Weaving Spirits Festival. It combines playful movement, grounding exercises and Swedish, Deep Tissue & Thai massage techniques. Participants will get to learn massage strokes with their hands, forearms, and feet, expanding their skills. While also practicing good communication and acknowledgement of boundaries. The intention is to make the experience educational, experiental, relaxing and pleasurable. Participants will both get and give a full body, clothed massage. Participants set their limits of comfortablity. They can bring a loved one or a friend. Or come alone and get paired up. This class is being centered around Two Spirit participants, LGBTQ and natives. Allies are welcome to enter this intentional healing space.

We will have some yoga mats, pillows, fragrance-free lotion and massage oils. If you can, bring your own mat or blankets. You will be able to store them in the studio if you decide to stay for the show at 7PM. Please come dressed in comfortable loose clothing, with little to no makeup or jewelry. Counterpulse and this Festival especially is a warm and accepting space, so no need to be dressed up even for the show afterwards. We will end 45 minutes before the start of show, and there is a gender neutral restroom area downstairs. This workshop is an opportunity to relax concern about one’s appearance, and instead be concentrating on finding healing through bodywork. Feel free to ask any questions by contacting Esteban through Instagram at @ComidaPuraCoaching

Esteban Orozco is Two Spirit Huichol and an experienced bodyworker and organizer for access to healthcare.

Dania Cabello founder of Ojo De La Sol. is a  soccer artist, educator and culture keeper using ancestral knowledge and movement for liberation!

Saturday Performances, 7pm-10pm

Wakan Wiya: Wakan Wiya Two Spirit Drum
Dismantle: An intergenerational collaboration across time by Amelia, Amanda & Peter Vigil
Jennifer Lisa 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 & Yum: Using Indigenous contemporary movement processes (combining traditional Mayan dance and Contemporary movement) this duet brings an ancient Mayan story of two deities into conversation with our contemporary struggles of gender fluidity and queer sexuality. It includes a preview of a video written by Snowflake Towers and designed by Rob Fatal for Technotihuacan. Read more about it at facebook.com/CYTwoSpirit

Sunday Performances, 5pm-8pm

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.
Faun Harjo: ALL ALONG is a digital tour of healing. A 1722.7 mile road trip seeks to end enveloping self hatred and colonization.
Mason J: Black Waters Mixing. Dance-film and poetry presentation with creative relationship to movement, disability and two spirit history
We Are Woven. Connecting our spirits by Landa Lakes, U-phoria Glitter, Kenya Pfister and Miso Hornay

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CounterPulse is a fully ADA accessible space. Our main theater seating is on the ground level. To access the bathrooms and basement gallery, as well as the mezzanine gallery, the elevator must be used.

Families and children are welcome! There won’t be a dedicated child care space, unfortunately, but our artists are Indigenous, house staff is welcoming, and the lobby, mezzanine, and lower video installation area are also available and comfortable.

Elder and wheelchair seating is available at the front.

Late seating is OK! Though we do appreciate your efforts to arrive at CounterPulse before showtime start.

Fog machines will be used lightly in the last two of Saturday night’s performances. Sage will be burnt briefly in Jennifer Lisa Vest’s performance.

ASL Interpretation will be present at Saturday’s performance. Please let us know if you have other accessibility needs or questions. Wheelchair seating or other accommodations can be requested at ticket purchase checkout, by calling 415-626-2060, or emailing info@counterpulse.org


CounterPulse is closest to the Powell Street Bart & Muni Station. When the elevators are operational, there is fully level access from Powell Street Bart Station to CounterPulse. The distance is .1 miles.

For travel by bus the closest stops are Market St & 5th St which is accessed by the 6, 7/7R/7X, 9/9R, 21, and 31 buses, as well as, Market St & Mason St, which is accessed by the 5/5R bus.

Have questions about the accessibility of our space? Feedback about how we can be more accessible? Let us know! Give us a call at 415-626-2060, or email info@counterpulse.org.

Visit www.weavingspirits.com for more information.


February 11, 2020
March 8, 2020
$10 - $50