ABOUT US

History

In 2015, a group of Two-Spirit Artist organized an open community forum, urging the DC theatre community to stop erasing Indigenous artists, traditions, and histories; and to uplift the Two-Spirit and Transgender Indigenous communities resisting in Washington, D.C. From that forum,  Two-Spirits formed a theatre troupe to celebrate their Ancestors, and themselves, working with Indigenous youth and elders to create new plays, that would tell the narratives of diasporic Indigenous people.

Since then, they have produced many artist revues, workshops, an arts festival, and produced several short plays, plays for young audiences, and adult audience plays. The group has taken speakers to various universities, benefits, and special events.

In 2017, another Two-Spirit centered group, formed as a way to create physical spaces and mobilize resources for Two-Spirit and QueerTrans Black Indigenous People of Color. Members from both groups organized togethere in order to form tighter community bonds.

In 2018, they merged to become Nelwat Ishkamewe, a Two-Spirit Family of artists, healers, farmers, educators, and advocates; and is doing the work of both organizations: creating art and safe spaces for Two-Spirit Nation.

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