Native PFLAG Hosts 2nd Annual Arizona Two Spirit Powwow

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On Saturday, Feb. 29, from Noon — 5 p.m., the PFLAG Phoenix Native American Chapter, known as Native PFLAG, will host the 2nd Annual Arizona Two Spirit Powwow at South Mountain Community College’s Performing Arts Center Amphitheater. This inclusive event will draw some of the area’s best dancers, drummers and singers for a day of fun and appreciation to celebrate Native American LGBTQ/Two Spirit individuals.

“Last year’s powwow had huge community support from Native people, non-natives, LGBTQ individuals and their straight allies. We also had people thank us for creating a Safe Space for their children and entire family, so it was an easy decision for the committee to move forward in planning the second annual event,” said Native PFLAG Founder and President Sheila Lopez.

During the Powwow, Two Spirit community members, allies, and traditions are honored. The event begins with an opening blessing from an Arizona tribal member, followed by Grand Entry at 12:30 p.m. Competition dancing as well as Inter-Tribal and social dances offer the public an opportunity to learn about Native American culture. The 2nd Annual Arizona Two Spirit Powwow embraces traditional Native American culture while also providing attendees an opportunity to explore South Mountain Community College campus and learn about their educational resources.  All powwow dancers and drums are welcome.

Dancing and singing are not the only highlights of the powwow. South Mountain Community College Native American Student Club will be selling Indian frybread. There also will be several Native American art and craft booths and resource tables by local Native American non-profit organizations.

The 2nd Annual Arizona Two Spirit Powwow is a free, family-friendly, clean, and sober event that is open to the public. Everyone is welcome. Sponsors include Native PFLAG, South Mountain Community College, Phoenix Indian Center, Native Health and the Rainbow of Truth. To learn more, visit NativePFLAG.org/aztwospiritpowwow.html.

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