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The purpose of the Creative Spirit program is to foster employment and training opportunities for American Indians in the film industry. The program creates meaningful relationships between Native filmmakers and industry veterans by providing an environment for professional collaboration.
Such was the case with 2007’s productions: Ancestor Eyes, written and directed by Kalani Queypo (Blackfeet/Hawaiian), and Two Spirits, One Journey, written and produced by Shawn Imitates Dog (Oglala Lakota).
Ancestor Eyes tells the story of a mother (Tantoo Cardinal) coming to terms with the declining health of her daughter (Rulan Tangen). “I really wanted to do an homage to matriarchal power, to the love between a mother and a daughter,” said Queypo. “An homage to the life-givers and the caregivers.”
Two Spirits, One Journey
Two Spirits, One Journey deals with a gay relationship on the Pine Ridge reservation. Luke (Alex Meraz) wants to come out and be himself, even if it means leaving the rez. Chris (Patrick David) would rather pretend to be straight than face ostracism.
The title comes from the “two spirits” term for gay Indians. Traditionally, most tribes recognized homosexuality not as a sin or curse but simply as another identity. They didn’t reject gays, they respected them.
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