Storytelling as medicine: Coming In documentary follows two-spirited people living in Sask. – Saskatchewan – CBC News – Before the arrival of Europeans and first contact, everyone had a place in the sharing circle, said Beaucage.
Everyone had a gift and it was recognized within the confines of the community and the circle, she added. Those who balanced the principles of femininity and masculinity had two gifts, and would later come to be known as two-spirited.
“That was a name that was given because we don’t have all of the original names in all of our languages,” Beaucage said. “They’ve been buried by colonization.”
Then, the church came and its belief system was introduced and subsequently imposed. Those beliefs would define people in terms of their bodies and relationships, Beaucage said.
“Those have to be restored and reclaimed and that’s what ‘coming in’ means,” Beaucage said of the traditional values she has learned. “We’re coming back into the circle and we’re reclaiming our place there.”