Jana and Taté discuss the Two Spirit identity and its origins. This is an important part of this interview because a lot of non-Native folks throw this term around without knowing its history and meaning. Taté discusses other Lakota terms that they identify with and the differences in meaning behind language when looking through an Indigenous lens versus a colonial lens. They explore the idea of reclaiming language, terminology, and ultimately, that Indigeneity is a radical act that combats the erasure our communities have experienced through violent colonialism.
Taté shouts out Elizabeth LaPensee’s work, Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse and There There by Tommy Orange. She hopes to see more work of contemporary fiction by Native folks, invading new genres where we’ve formerly been exiled from. She continues her daily work amplifying the Lakota experience, raising her family and telling our stories for wider and wider audiences.
Follow Tate’s work via her website, jtatewalker.com and make sure to follow her socials @walkerimagining.
Also featured in this episode were the voices of Charley Flyte and Marilyn Thomas, both Native creatives in Los Angeles.
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