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The Story of Two-Spirit People

St. Louis Storytelling Festival
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The St. Louis Storytelling Festival, with support from the National Endowment for the Arts, proudly presents Raven Heavy Runner as he shares traditional stories and presents the history of Two-Spirit People within Native American communities in this special pre-Festival event.

Raven E. Heavy Runner (Raven - Blackfeet Storyteller) was a Bureau of Indian Affairs boarding school youth, and is a self-described Seattle street kid, U.S. Army veteran, stage actor, Two-Spirit leader, Native Activist, college graduate, social worker, and storyteller. He is also one of many Two-Spirit voices in the western United States, reclaiming a tradition that European colonization had nearly extinguished among Native Americans. Currently a social worker with the Muckleshoot Tribe in Washington State, Raven continues to be active in the revival of Two Spirit awareness nationwide.