9th Annual Two-Spirit Powwow
February 8, 2020 -
San Francisco, CA
Pow Wow Information
Parker (Mono Lake Paiute/ Southern Sierra Miwuk/ Pomo) – Press Coordinator- BAAITS Powwow committee member, [email protected]
Roger Kuhn (Poarch Creek) – Bay Area American Indian Two-Spirits (BAAITS) Board Member and Powwow Chair, [email protected]
Bay Area American Indian Two-Spirits (BAAITS) exists to restore and recover the role of Two-Spirit people within the American Indian/First Nations community by creating a forum for the spiritual, cultural and artistic expression of Two-Spirit people.
BAAITS is a volunteer based organization. Please consider supporting our efforts to celebrate and honor Two-Spirit people. www.baaits.org/donate
(Photos available upon request – [email protected])
On Saturday February 8, 2020, the 9th Annual Bay Area American Indian Two-Spirits (BAAITS) Two-Spirits Powwow will be held at Fort Mason-Festival Pavilion, San Francisco, California, from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM with featured dancers making their Grand Entry at 12:00 PM. This event is free and open to the public. BAAITS is the first established and largest public Two-Spirit powwow in the world.
A powwow is a traditional Native American event that gathers all tribes as well as inviting non-Native guests to learn more about Native cultures. Last year the event welcomed more than 5,000 people and an even larger crowd is expected this year. Vendors will be on site selling frybread, buffalo burgers, Native art and jewelry, and other crafts. This powwow features several hours of ceremonial honor dances, contest dances, and a drum contest; all powwow dancers and drums are welcome.
“Two-Spirit” is a Native American term for people with both female and male energies. Two-Spirits may (or may not) also identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer. Traditionally Two-Spirit people often held—and many still hold— honored positions in their Native American and First Nations communities. “Two-Spirit” is a pan-tribal term—it is rooted in the Anishinaabe term describing such individuals: “niizh manidoowag.” This translates literally as “two spirits”- embodying both the feminine and the masculine in all of us. Two-Spirit is an addition, not a replacement term, for Indigenous communities that already have a term to signify gender and sexual orientation variance.
BAAITS Board Chair Amelia Vigil welcomes attendees to the powwow saying, “This is a space for all of us to gather respectfully and celebrate Native traditions. Whether you are African-American, Native American, White, gay, straight, transgender, whoever you are and wherever your roots originated, come with curiosity and kindness and you will enjoy the company of 5,000 like-minded good and connected people as we celebrate traditions of music and art and togetherness.”
Powwow Chair and Board Member, Roger Kuhn (Poarch Creek) adds, “The powwow represents a place where Two-Spirit people and their allies come together to celebrate community, friendship, and love. The BAAITS powwow is unique in that we do not gender the dance categories – all dancers are welcome in any of the dances. It is the mission of BAAITS to help Two-Spirit people return to the circle of healing. Our powwow is one way in which we work to accomplish this goal. The powwow is an incredibly exhilarating experience.”
At this powwow all Two-Spirits and LGBTQI people and their allies from all over the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and Central America get a chance to come together to celebrate Native culture, build community, and express themselves.
Cost: Free, donations welcome at the door or at www.baaits.org/donate
More info: https://www.facebook.com/
Parking: Pay lot on site, limited free street parking off site. Elders parking – Limited availability, first come, first parked.
Who should attend: Everyone is welcome. This is a family-friendly, clean and sober event. Street attire is encouraged for non-Natives. No costumes allowed. This event is wheelchair-accessible.
*Powwow Flyer Art by Vicky Torea
Festival Pavilion at Fort Mason: 2 Marina Blvd, San Francisco, CA
Submitted by PowWow Calendar on: February 8, 2020