In the Navaho culture, Martinez was known as nadleeh, a transformer. The idea of a fluid sexual identity was accepted by the Navaho and nadleehs were often given a place of honor. But Martinez lived among non-American Indians in a small town with no such regard for those who were different. Lydia Nibleys documentary Two Spirits tells of Martinezs fate along with the struggle his mother went through after his death. She went against a strong cultural tradition that forbids the living to speak of the dead in order to tell her sons story as one of the youngest victims of a hate crime in recent memory. 7 pm. Rice University, 6100 Main. For information, call 713-348-4882 or visit www.rice.edu. Free.
Thu., June 16, 2011