“Two Spirits” is a documentary that uses the tragic story of the 2001 murder of a nádleehí teen, Fred Martinez, to explore the Navajo beliefs concerning gender. In contrast to the rigid binary gender roles perpetuated in Western culture, the Navajo tradition defines 4 gender roles: male, female, male with a feminine essence, and female with a masculine essence. TPT (Twin Cities Public Television) will be airing Lydia Nibley’s documentary, “Two Spirits” on the following dates and times:
- Sunday, 6/19/11, 10:30pm (channels 2, 440, 802)
- Monday, 6/20/11, 4:30am (channels 2, 440, 802)
- Saturday, 6/25/11, 10:00pm (channel 13)
- Sunday, 6/26/11, 4:00am (channel 13)
The Navajos are not alone in their recognition of a gender spectrum. Indeed many cultures throughout the world have made place for those of us who do not so neatly fit into one-size-fits-all gender roles. Click here or on the map below to explore them.