2016 Montana Two-Spirit Gathering

The Montana Two-Spirit Gathering is a weekend retreat for Native, First Nations, and Indigenous Two Spirit people, their partners, family and friends. The gathering will provide a safe, healthy, drug and alcohol free environment. It’s purpose is to encourage all people to heal the damage wrought by racism, sexism, ageism, colonialism, ableism, transphobia, and homophobia and the negative impacts these have on health.

As in past gatherings, as part of the closing ceremony there will be a giveaway. Please bring a small gift for the giveaway.

WHEN: July 28th – 31st, 2016

WHO: Native, First Nations, Indigenous Two-Spirit people, their partners, family and friends.

WHERE: Wolf Creek, MT

REGISTRATION: Registration required!

To Register fill out the following form and email it back to outinmt@gmail.com.
2016 MT Two Spirit Registration PDF

Be sure to read thoroughly the form and agree to the registration. Also, make sure you click on the submit button on the bottom of the screen or we will not receive your registration.

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Call FDH & Associates @ 406.829.8075 if you have questions about registration or to confirm you are registered. You may also email your registration questions to outinmt@gmail.com.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: 07/15/2016

For more information please contact:
FDH & Associates – outinmt@gmail.com

THANKS TO OUR 2015 SPONSORS!

  • Western Montana LGBT Community Center
  • Potlatch Fund
  • Trans Justice Funding Project
  • FDH & Associates/MT Gay Men’s Task Force
  • Astraea Foundation
  • Gamma Mu Foundation

2015 Group Photo

Gathering Group Photo 2015

SAMPLE Weekend schedule:

2015  Montana Two-Spirit Gathering
July 30- Aug 1, 2015

THURSDAY 7/30

9am to 5pm: Registration & Check-In (Main Lodge)

8am- 9am:  Breakfast (Main Lodge Dining Room)

10am – 12pm: Opening Ceremonies

Opening Words & Welcome

Lighting of the Sacred Fire / Pipe Ceremony

Posting of the Eagle Staff & Tribal Flags

Welcome Address from the Planning Committee

12pm – 1pm: Lunch (Main Lodge Dining Room)

1:30pm – 3:30pm: Talking Circle (Around Sacred Fire
or Main Lodge)

4pm – 5pm: Workshop Session I Ceremony Protocols (Ceremony Planning Committee)

5:00pm – 9pm:  FREE Rapid HIV Testing & Counseling Offered

6pm – 7pm: Dinner (Main Lodge Dining Room)

7pm – 8pm: Workshop Session II

Decolonization: Reclaiming Our Two Spirit Culture (Raven Heavy Runner)

Stories around the Sacred Fire

FRIDAY 7/31

6am – 8am:  Sunrise Pipe Ceremony

 8am- 9:30am:  Breakfast (Main Lodge Dining Room)

9am to 5pm: Registration & Check-In (Main Lodge)

10:00am – 7pm:  FREE Rapid HIV Testing & Counseling Offered

10:00am – 11:30am: Workshop Session III

Two Spirit Tool Kit and National Two Spirit Work  (Seahdom Edmo)

12pm – 1pm: Lunch (Main Lodge Dining Room)

1:30pm – 3pm: Workshop Session IV

Two Spirit Health & HIV / PrEP Information (James Makokis, MD & Steve Williamson, MD)

3:30pm – 4:30pm: Workshop Session V

  Traditional Medicine: A Panel Discussion (Rose Heavy Head, Others?)

6pm – 7pm: Dinner (Main Lodge Dining Room)

9:00pm:  Montana Two Spirit Pageant & Talent Show***(see below)

SATURDAY 8/1

6am – 8am:  Sunrise Pipe Ceremony

 8am- 9:30am:  Breakfast (Main Lodge Dining Room)

9:30am – 6pm:  FREE Rapid HIV Testing & Counseling Offered

9:30am – 10:45am: Workshop Session VI

Two Spirit Culture in Latino Countries  (Gabriel Estrada)

 11:00am – 12:00pm: Workshop Session VII

Two Spirit or Transgender? A Panel Discussion  (Gabriel Foster, Hiram Calf Looking, Others)

12pm – 1pm: Lunch (Main Lodge Dining Room)

1:30pm – 2:30pm:  National Two Spirit Confederacy Meeting (Two Spirit Societies)

2:30pm – 5:30pm:   FREE TIME

5:30pm – 6:30pm: Dinner / Traditional Meal (Main Lodge Dining Room)

7:45pm:  Group Picture

8:00pm: POWWOW

SUNDAY 8/2

6am – 8am:  Sunrise Pipe Ceremony

 8am- 9:30am:  Breakfast (Main Lodge Dining Room)

9:30am- 11:30am:  Give-Away (Blackfeet Style)

11:30am- 12:00pm:  Calling Your Spirit * Closing Ceremony

Putting away of Sacred Fire

12pm – 1pm: Lunch (Main Lodge Dining Room)

 

***MONTANA PAGEANT AND NO-TALENT SHOW – If you are interested in competing in the Two Spirit Pageant, please sign up with Hiram Calf Looking Sr. Contestants will need to perform two numbers: a Native song and another song of their choice.