In The Spirit: Artist Roundtable
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In the Spirit

Artist Roundtable

celebrating queer and two-spirit performing arts in Native America
September 30, 2020

This event occurred as part of the 20/21 Hop Presents season. This is an archived view.

A dynamic kick-off to our "In the Spirit" series.

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This panel features influential and imaginative queer and two-spirit artists from across the country. Drag performer and host of the popular 'Queer Horror' series Anthony Hudson (Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde), music icon and HIV/AIDS activist Tony Enos (Eastern Band Cherokee) and Master Basketmaker and interdisciplinary artist Geo Neptune (Passamaquoddy) introduce the "In the Spirit" series and discuss where their lives and work are in this moment. They dig into today's challenges, causes for celebration and the series's inspiring lineup of artists. "In the Spirit" series director Beatrice 'Black Benatar' Thomas guides the discussion with a live Q&A.

About the Artists

HIV positive two-spirit pop artist Tony Enos (Cherokee) celebrates over a decade as a singer/songwriter/producer. The Broadway actor and two-time Native American Music Award nominee burst onto the pop music scene with his 2012 breakthrough album "The Heat." His career-defining 4th studio album "POSI+IVE," released in July 2020 on iTunes.


Anthony Hudson (Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde) is a multidisciplinary artist, writer, performer, and filmmaker based in Portland, Oregon. Anthony is best known as Portland's premier drag clown Carla Rossi; Anthony & Carla host and program their series QUEER HORROR at Portland's historic Hollywood Theatre. Anthony was named a 2018 National Artist Fellowship from the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation and a 2019 Oregon Arts Commission Artist Fellow


Geo Neptune '10 (Passamaquoddy) is a two-spirit Master Basketmaker, drag queen, activist and educator. At twenty years old, Geo became the youngest person to receive the title of Master Basketmaker. Geo recently became Maine's first openly transgender elected official, having been voted into the Indian Township school board. Geo's work narrates the journey toward embracing the sacred role of the two-spirit: a keeper of tradition, a teacher and a role model for Passamaquoddy and other Wabanaki youth.

About "In the Spirit"

Native American communities from across the United States frequently acknowledge a third gender, commonly known as two-spirit. "In the Spirit" is a series that brings together Native performing artists and culture bearers from the Queer and Two-Spirit community across the United States, offering engagement and discussion around their emerging body of work.

In the Spirit is supported by the New England Foundation for the Arts through the New England Arts Resilience Fund, part of the United States Regional Arts Resilience Fund, an initiative of the U.S. Regional Arts Organizations and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with major funding from the federal CARES Act from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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