Niish Manidoowag (Two-Spirited Beings)

Niish Manidoowag (Two-Spirited Beings)

Four youth travel Bebamikawe Trail on Wiikwemkoong Unceded First Nation Territory. Two of the youths are Two Spirited and discuss the confrontations and acceptance that they have encountered within their community and how it has affected their ability to experience and learn their culture. Long before the settlers arrived to Turtle Island (aka North America), there existed a Two Spirit Society in many tribal communities. The Two Spirited people were revered and treated with respect and equality. They were sought for their wisdom, healing and visions. Once a child had reached the age of puberty, a special ceremony was held. The child would enter a lodge, and pick either a basket or a bow. The item chosen helped to provide guidance on whether the feminine or masculine role would be the path followed. The Two Spirit Society was quickly abolished with the arrival of settlers. The Two Spirit Society has been revived….Niish Manidoowag speaks to the real issues that Transgender Youth encounter in their life’s journey. We honour all LGBQT peoples everywhere.

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Niish Manidoowag (Two-Spirited Beings), Debbie S. Mishibinijima, provided by the National Film Board of Canada

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    Debbie S. Mishibinijima
  • producer
    Manon Barbeau

  • Alma

    She kissed both my hands repeatedly in greeting, and gazed up at me so lovingly. One word she kept repeating, that Ojibway Elder R. norton, “Ogwaakwe!” I wept with the feeling of her love, her acceptance. I felt whole, affirmed, honoured, honourable. I was 47 when I came out to the ceremony family back home. Miigwetch N’dinaa

    Alma, 12 Jan 2022

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