1 Contrary 5 Agokwe-Nini (Documentary Film Screening)

Published by: Gallery 101 | 12-Jun-2019
Thursday June 13. 6:30pm - smudging and food to precede film screening. Ottawa Public Library Main Branch Auditorium - 120 Metcalfe St. Directed by Carmel Whittle & Howard Adler, the film "1 Contrary 5 Agokwe-Nini" is a talk-show style documentary film hosted by the one and only 'contrary' Alik Beavers (aka Sharp Dopler), and features 5 Agokwe-nini guest speakers: Ashley Grenstone, Benny Michaud, Theo Paradise-Ottawa, Kole Peplinski and Carmel Whittle. They discuss gender, sexuality, Indigenous identity, traditional two-spirit roles, terminology, accessing ceremonial spaces, and safe spaces in mainstream society. @g101ottawa @opl_bpo
Venue: Ottawa Public Library Main Branch Auditorium
Address: 120 Metcalfe St
Date: Jun-13
Time: PM
Ticket: Free
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In Anishinaabemowin (the Ojibwe language), the world is structured around the animacy of the universe - animate/inanimate, or in simpler terms living/dead - it is not structured around gender - masculine/feminine, him/her - such as many European languages. Thus in the Ojibwe worldview, it can be said that we're less concerned with one's gender and more focused on living a good life. In Anishinaabemowin, there are words that were traditionally used to describe people who chose to dress and live as a woman or a man, regardless of the gender they were born into. They took on the gender-roles they felt most comfortable in and this was normal and socially accepted in traditional Anishinaabeg communities. If someone was assigned female at birth, but later in life chose to take on the gender-roles of a man, they were called Agokwe-Nini, which literally translates as 'wise-woman-man'. Another word is Ogichidaakwe (Warrior woman), which was also used to describe someone that was born female but chose to take on the gender-roles of a man.

Gallery 101 gratefully acknowledges, the City of Ottawa, the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts. Gallery 101 thanks our members, volunteers and supporters. G101 honours and respects the original people of the territory we currently occupy: unceded and unsurrendered Anishnaabe-Aki who have been living and working on this land since time immemorial.

1 Contrary 5 Agokwe-Nini (Documentary Film Screening)
Directed by Carmel Whittle & Howard Adler
Film Length: 35 mins
Language: English
* Mature Subject Matter

Accessibility: Elevator access to basement, Wheelchair accessible.

The screening will be preceded by a reception. Offered in partnership with The Ottawa Public Library (Main Branch) and Gallery 101.

This event takes place on the traditional and unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishinaabe Nation.

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