First Stories - Two Spirited

This Canadian video focuses on the issues faced by a young two-spirit (transgender) First Nations man. He challenges the assumptions of his community by dancing in a female category at a powwow and has to face homophobia and discrimination within his own community. In this story of personal triumph, Rodney overcomes the challenges, and becomes a cultural mentor to First Nations youth. Suitable for senior audiences, this short video could be used in Social Justice 12, Socials 10 and 11, BC First Nations Studies 11, as part of a Planning class by showing a variety of lifestyles and orientations, and to support novel topics in English First Peoples.
two-spirited
First Nations
cultural identity
transgender
gay
tradition
first contact
elders
elder
Aboriginal
Indian
History
reclaiming
Pow Wow
jingle dance
jingle dancing
dancing
LGBTQ
Subject
Social Studies