First Stories - Two Spirited

This short documentary presents the empowering story of Rodney "Geeyo" Poucette's struggle against prejudice in the Aboriginal community as a two spirited person (gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered). Geeyo registers as a dancer in the Kamloopa Powwow under the Jingle Dress category (normally reserved for women). Deeply humiliated by a misguided elder, Geeyo is reminded by his grandmother that two spirited people were once respected and honoured for their spiritual gifts. Geeyo eventually makes a triumphant return to the powwow arena, realizing that the only way to change people's minds is to walk proudly while being true to one's spirit.

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Film Credits

writer
Sharon A. Desjarlais
director
Sharon A. Desjarlais
participant
Rodney "Geeyo" Poucette
Tomasina Poucette
Valentina Fox
Trish Chiniki
cinematographer
Patrick McLaughlin
sound recordist
Stan Jackson
picture editor
Paul Mortimer
sound edit
Frank Laratta
original music
Bull Horn
producer
Bonnie Thompson

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