5th Annual BAAITS Two Spirit Powwow

5th Annual BAAITS Two Spirit Powwow

Posted By Charlie Ballard February 23rd, 2016 Last Updated on: May 10th, 2019

This past weekend, the Bay Area American Indian Two Spirit (BAAITS) group held their 5th Annual Two Spirit Powwow at the Fort Mason Pavillion in San Francisco, California.

Official Welcome BAAITS Two Spirit Powwow

Two Spirit Powwow Experience, many people have ask what the Two Spirit Powwow is like, hear it for yourself from a powwow attendee.

Miss International Two Spirit 2016 – Spirit Wildcat (Shoshone/Bannock), made an appearance at this weekends festivities, you could see Spirit shaking hands, giving hugs, taking photos, signing press cards, and giving visibility to her title that represents the greater Two Spirit community from around the world.

On Friday evening, BAAITS hosted their Pre-Powwow Potluck Social to welcome visitors, locals prepared dishes and there was a hand drum contest for the evening entertainment.

5th Annual BAAITS Two Spirit Powwow

John Sneezy (San Carlos Apache) shared some very beautiful songs from that evening.

On Saturday afternoon, several thousand people packed themselves inside the Fort Mason Pavillion to watch the Grand Entry.  Every year this powwow keeps getting bigger and bigger! Originally this dance started in the Rainbow Room of the San Francisco LGBT Center and has grown so popular larger venues were needed to accommodate the bigger crowds.

5th Annual BAAITS Two Spirit Powwow

5th Annual BAAITS Two Spirit Powwow

5th Annual BAAITS Two Spirit Powwow

What makes the Two Spirit Powwow unique, everyone is welcomed into their dance arena, regardless of anyones gender & sexual orientation, and they do mean everyone!

5th Annual BAAITS Two Spirit Powwow

On Sunday morning, the Native American Health Center in San Francisco hosted a brunch to wish everyone a safe journey on their way back home and to thank them for visiting for the weekend!

5th Annual BAAITS Two Spirit Powwow

Later on that afternoon, local Comedian Charlie Ballard hosted an epic, “Two Spirit Tour Bus Ride” , around San Francisco to share the wonderful Native & Non-Native history of the Bay Area.

5th Annual BAAITS Two Spirit Powwow

5th Annual BAAITS Two Spirit Powwow

The BAAITS Powwow is currently the largest Two Spirit Powwow in Indian Country.  They cordially invite everyone to attend, sing, dance, laugh, eat, love, and have a great time!

For more info: www.baaits.org 

BAAITS Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/baaitscommunity

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