Alliance for California Traditional Arts
June 26, 2020

“If you are okay with yourself, that’s all that’s important.  It’s not what we wear, it’s the spirit that resides within us.” — L. Frank Manriquez

On June 26, 2020, we hosted a live conversation between indigenous artists and advocates L. Frank Manriquez (Tongva-Ajachmem/Rarámuri) and Sipu Whittle (Lenape/Caddo) on ACTA’s Facebook page as part of our ongoing Shelter Together live video series. This special episode is also part of ACTA’s ongoing Queering California Traditions Pride series.

Both Two-Spirit leaders, L. and Sipu discussed the relationship between queer identity and Two-Spirit identity from an indigenous worldview, the art of canoe-building, and some of the gender norms they navigate within their own communities and their daily lives.

See more in the video below:


Queering California Traditions

Explore more insights and reflections from some of California’s many Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, and Queer traditional artists in ACTA's Pride series.

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