It is a collaboration of Native PFLAG, Phoenix Indian Center, and South Mountain Community College to provide the only Two Spirit Powwow in Arizona. A powwow is a cultural celebration that brings traditional singing, dancing, storytelling, and drumming, and more together. The two spirit powwow provides an opportunity for those who do not identify as gender binary and brings together from tribes across our state and nation to dance, honor, and celebrate together. Our campus, being on tribal land serves as an ideal space for this annual event and for our Native American community partners. These annual powwows (since 2019 to the present) benefit our community to embrace and celebrate the Native American and the LGBTQIA+ communities in an annual free (remove community) event on our campus. It began as a brainstorming grassroot effort to provide a unique opportunity for faculty, staff, students and for community learning to occur and to celebrate, embrace, appreciate, and foster these two cultural communities in an annual free event on campus.
- Gerard Begay, Student Services Analyst, SMCC
- Donicio Jensen Bobadilla, Program Analyst, SMCC
- Kyle MItchell, Program Analyst Senior, SMCC
- Shelia Lopez, Native PFLAG, Intel, System Software Quality Engineer
- Micheon Gorman, Phoenix Indian Center, Development Officer