Collection - Two-Spirited Collection

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Two-Spirited Collection

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  • Textual record
  • Graphic material
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  • 1983-2013 ; predominate 1988-1998 (Collection)
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    Two-Spirited Movement (McLeod, Albert)

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Physical description

44 cm of textual records and other materials. 25 cm of textual records. — 1 scrapbook. -- 165 photographs. 21 slides. -– 1 cm of drawings and prints. -- 7 oversize posters. -- 4 books. -- 4 videocassettes. –6cm textiles and ephemera. –-1 DVD with 330 photographs.

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Custodial history

In 2011, Albert McLeod donated the collection to the University of Winnipeg Archives. A second donation was made in 2013 to the University of Winnipeg Archives.

Scope and content

The collection is arranged into seven series. The first series contains published textual records, the second series contains non-published textual records, the third series contains records from various two-spirited organizations and gatherings, the fourth series is comprised of graphic material, the fifth series consists of a scrapbook composed of photographs and news clippings, the sixth series includes photographs, and published and non-published research on traditional Aboriginal clothing and adornments, and the seventh series consists of four films.

Series 1: The first series consists of published textual materials related to the Two-Spirited Movement, including books, journals and magazines, newsletters from two-spirited organizations, reports and pamphlets on AIDS, reports and articles on the Two-Spirited Movement, and newspaper clippings. Materials were published predominately from 1990 to 1996 and were created in both the United States and Canada, but were predominately created in Manitoba.

Series 2: The second series contains non-published textual records related to the Two-Spirit Movement, including obituaries and memorial service programs for two-Spirited Manitobans, drafts of poems written by a number of two-spirited individuals, and correspondence mainly addressed to Albert McLeod or the organizations he co-founded and pertaining to the creation or description of Two-Spirited organizations. The materials were created from 1988-2008, but predominately from 1990 -1996.

Series 3: The third series contains records from various two-spirited organizations and gatherings in North America, including programs, budgets, and notices of gatherings and conferences. As well as mandates, meeting minutes and job postings of many two-spirited organizations.

Series 4: The fourth series is comprised of graphic material including 9 photographs, 3 prints and drawings and 7 posters. Much of the photographs are printed in colour on computer paper and show two-spirited people at gatherings, likely held in either Vancouver or Manitoba. Many of the posters display colour photographs, and are likely from a 2007 campaign promoting condom use among two-spirited people, while others advertise gatherings. The series also includes 330 images on DVD of the 22nd Annual Two-Spirit Gathering 2010, three t-shirts and one embroidery. As well as, two ribbons and a painted rock from the first Truth and Reconciliation Commission sharing circle in 2010.

Series 5: The fifth series is comprised of a scrapbook, which contains a variety of both graphic and textual materials, including 149 photographs, as well as newspaper and magazine clippings, gathering notices, and poetry related to the Two-Spirit Movement in Manitoba and across North America. The photographs consist mostly of unidentified people related to the Two-Spirit Movement in Manitoba, but also two-spirited gatherings like the Basket and the Bow, Spirituality in the ‘90’s, and Two-Spirits and HIV in New York City. Items contained in the scrapbook predominately date from 1988 to 1993.

Series 6: The sixth series is comprised of both graphic and textual materials in a variety of formats related to textile and clothing research. Graphic materials include 7 photographs, 14 pages of photocopied drawings, 1 painting and 1 magazine clipping. Textual material includes drafts and notes on Aboriginal clothing and adornment by Albert McLeod written in 1988, and photocopies of published articles.

Series 7: The seventh series consists of four films. Produced in 1990 by Mona Smith for the Minnesota American Indian AIDS Task Force, Honored by the Moon is a documentary on gay and lesbian aboriginal peoples and their place within their community historically and presently. It contains footage of interviews and gatherings. Also included in this series is unedited film from Manitoba Aboriginal AIDS Conference in 1992, PTAM Dress Rehearsal Shoot in the early 1990s, and Passing of the Legacy in Vancouver in July 2002.

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Some items in this collection are restricted because they contain personal information. Restrictions will be lifted fifty years after acquisition (2062).

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Where owned, copyright has been transferred to the University of Winnipeg Archives. Access to materials will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

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Please contact the University of Winnipeg Archives for a more detailed finding aid.

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RAD compliant.

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Final

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Created July 2012. Revised July 2013.

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