Sat, Aug 26|
Location is TBD
Two Spirit Master Artist/Culture Bearer Workshop, with Aodhàn Crawford
Two Spirit artist Aodhàn Crawford shares natural earth pigments on rabbit skin/hide, and Loop necklace making.
Time & Location
Aug 26, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location is TBD
About the event
Join us for an afternoon for focusing on our Two Spirit artistry and creativity with Aodhàn Crawford. Two Spirit dancer and artist Aodhàn Crawford will lead our community workshop with storytelling and hands-on instruction and demonstration for two projects:
- Using natural earth pigment paints on rabbit skin/hide
Mixing Earth pigment paints is an amazing process. Tattooing and pressing the pigment into hides is a traditional way of painting that will stick with you. We'll use rabbit hides for this class. Students can use paint brushes, bone or sticks. Bring your own item to paint if you wish (e.g. handrum, etc). We will have a powerpoint presentation on this work.
- Loop necklace making
Handcrafted, these are gorgeous pieces. We will work through the process together.
All materials for the art projects will be provided. You may want to bring something to take notes.
With participants approval, parts of the transformative practice will be recorded and documented.
Food and drink will be served. There are no cost for this event! BAAITS programming is made possible by our generous financial supporters. To donate to BAAITS, please visit BAAITS.ORG.
This is our second workshop series inviting Two Spirit and IndigeQueer Artists & Culture Bearers to share their gift of artistry and medicine with other members of our BAAITS community through in-person master workshops. Stay tuned for BAAITS newsletter announcements for additional TS/IndigeQueer Artists & Culture Bearers we are lining up for the rest of the year.
Our Artist Master Workshop series and all our BAAITS programming are created by and for Indigenous Two Spirit & Indigequeer TG/GNC LGBQIA+ peoples, and we ask everyone to be respectful of this focus.
Bay Area American Indian Two-Spirits (BAAITS) exists to restore and recover the role of Two-Spirit people within the American Indian/First Nations community by creating a forum for the spiritual, cultural and artistic expression of Two-Spirit people.
Aodhàn Crawford He/him/they/them/she/her
My name is pronounced “Ooo-Hen” I’m Native American and Gael. I’m an enrolled Citizen of The United Cherokee Aniyunwia Tribe (State recognized tribe of approx 3,000 people) I am the product of Two amazing tribal and clan based people. My Family traces our heritage to the Hester roll and Guion Miller Roll. My Cherokee family ties originated in the Carolinas. Campbell, Smith, Hightower, Murphy and other family names located around the Spartansburg trade routes. My Great Great Great grandfather Issac (Photo to the right) served in WW1 to obtain his United States citizenship and was marked as Indian Citizen on his draft card documents. We also have more Native and Scottish relatives back in the 1700’s. The Vann Family was caught in the middle of the Fur trade towards the end of the Powhatan Confederacy and eventually married into the King family (Cherokee) I have been making my native crafts since the age of 9. I am Adopted Lakota and spend a lot of my time researching family history and ever curious I am always seeking traditional knowledge to share with others along the way. Culture is often complex, being multicultural is also deeply complex. I identify as Native and Gael to encompass all of my clans and leave those doors open to both of my cultures.
I was born Female and transitioned at 26 to Aodhan. I identify as Two-Spirit, and embrace both my female and male sides. The traditional Cherokee word for me is Nudle Asgaya, meaning, to be a different spirited Man. However I am not an active member of a Stomp ground, nor do I live in a Cherokee Community so it is hard for me to identify as Nudle Asgaya or even Cherokee without having the communal responsibility of such a title or ties to the communities and not being a fluent speaker of the language. To sell my art I must be an enrolled tribal member of a state or federally recognized tribe, and I am that. The best we can do is navigate through the difficult waters and learn to sail our ships till calmer tides. I am Cherokee and Powhatan, House of Crawford, Clan Fraser and Clan Campbell by blood, yet was raised Lakota, I am adopted Lakota and my work reflects all of my ancestors and adopted relations. I am lucky to have had the teachers and community I have had. I started this business when I was 18 years old.