Niish Manidoowag (Two spirited beings)

  • Filmmaker(s) :

    Debbie S. Mishibinijima

  • Original title : Niish Manidoowag (Two spirited beings)
  • Duration : 05:46
  • Year : 2017
  • Genre : Documentary
  • Community : Wikwemikong
  • Nation : Anishnabe
  • Workshop : Wikwemikong


Four youth travel Bebamikawe Trail on Wiikwemkoong Unceded First Nation Territory. Two of the youths are Two Spirited and discuss the confrontations and acceptance that they have encountered within their community and how it has affected their ability to experience and learn their culture.

Long before the settlers arrived to Turtle Island (aka North America), there existed a Two Spirit Society in many tribal communities. The Two Spirited people were revered and treated with respect and equality. They were sought for their wisdom, healing and visions. Once a child had reached the age of puberty, a special ceremony was held. The child would enter a lodge, and pick either a basket or a bow. The item chosen helped to provide guidance on whether the feminine or masculine role would be the path followed. The Two Spirit Society was quickly abolished with the arrival of settlers. The Two Spirit Society has been revived….Niish Manidoowag speaks to the real issues that Transgender Youth encounter in their life’s journey. We honour all LGBQT peoples everywhere.

Film crew

Script Debbie S. Mishibinijima Director Debbie S. Mishibinijima in collaboration with the Wapikoni team Camera Aaron Manitowabi, Clark Ferguson, Emmet Walsh Location Sound Aaron Manitowabi, Clark Ferguson, Emmet Walsh Editing Clark Ferguson, Debbie S. Mishibinijima Hair And Make-Up Natalie Neganagijig Filmmaker mentors Clark Ferguson, Emmet Walsh Filmmaker mentor assistant Elliott Simon Youth outreach worker and facilitator Mathieu Buzzetti-Melancon Local coordinator Debbie S. Mishibinijima