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Never Not Been a Part of Me

Recent post about the event:

Indian Canyon Two-Spirit Society founder, Indian Canyon is featured in this video.

A video produced by the museum, Never Not Been a Part of Me (2019), is one of the exhibition’s vital contributions. The film, which examines the traditions and experiences of two-spirit and third-gender indigenous people, features individual interviews with members of California’s Native American tribes, highlighting the fluidity of gender in these communities outside of the colonial matrix.

The exhibition employs a vital decolonial approach to California’s queer culture, one that examines the intersections between queer history and the conquest and settlement of indigenous land. Those intersections have often determined which stories get left ‘untold’. It’s rare to see an exhibition that decentralises oppressive Western epistemologies and expands representation of queer desire, anger and mourning beyond the white, cis, gay male experience. Progress for queer people is far from linear, and ‘Queer California’, with its reference to recent legal cases that have rescinded rights for LGBTQ people, makes it abundantly clear how dangerous it is to frame society’s growing acceptance of certain identities as self-evident or guaranteed. (Source: )

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Post Author: Kanyon Coyote

Activist, artist, educator – an Indigenous Generalized Specialist

I am Mutsun -Ohlone - California Native two spirit Woman. I am a creative artist ever inspired by nature and the natural world, Catalyst of decolonizing conversations. Contemp/Traditional Artist, Native Representative, Consultant, Advocate of Truth in History, Multimedia Artist, "Coyote", T.E.K educator, and much more - Let’s Talk

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⫸Tribal Chairwoman of Indian Canyon Nation
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