Two-Spirit People: Native American Gender Identity, Sexuality, and Spirituality

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This landmark book combines the voices of Native Americans and non-Indians, anthropologists and others, in an exploration of gender and sexuality issues as they relate to lesbian, gay, trans-gendered, and other "marked" Native Americans. Focusing on the concept of two-spirit people - individuals not necessarily gay or lesbian, transvestite or bisexual, but whose behaviors or beliefs may sometimes be interpreted by others as uncharacteristic of their sex - this book is the first to provide an intimate look at how ...
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Overview

This landmark book combines the voices of Native Americans and non-Indians, anthropologists and others, in an exploration of gender and sexuality issues as they relate to lesbian, gay, trans-gendered, and other "marked" Native Americans. Focusing on the concept of two-spirit people - individuals not necessarily gay or lesbian, transvestite or bisexual, but whose behaviors or beliefs may sometimes be interpreted by others as uncharacteristic of their sex - this book is the first to provide an intimate look at how many two-spirit people feel about themselves, how other Native Americans treat them, and how anthropologists and other scholars interpret them and their cultures.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780252066450
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/1997
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
1 Is the "North American Berdache" Merely a Phantom in the Imagination of Western Social Scientists" 21
2 The Northern Athapaskan "Berdache" Reconsidered On Reading More Than There Is in the Ethnographic Record 45
3 Cross-Dressing and Shamanism among Selected Western North American Tribes 69
4 Various Kinds of Two-Spirit People: Gender Variance and Homosexuality in Native American Communities 100
5 Traditions of Gender Diversity and Sexualities: A Female to Male Transgendered Perspective 119
6 Changing Native American Roles in an Urban Context and Changing Native American Sex Roles in an Urban Context 145
7 Navajo Cultural Constructions of Gender and Sexuality 156
8 A Navajo Worldview and Nadleehi: Implications for Western Categories 174
9 M. Dragonfly: Two-Spirit and the Tafoya Principle of Uncertainty 192
10 I Am a Lakota Womyn 203
11 Traditional Influences on a Contemporary Gay-Identified Sisseton Dakota 210
12 A Postcolonial Colonial Perspective on Western [Mis]Conceptions of the Cosmos and the Restoration of Indigenous Taxonomies 217
13 Navajo Warrior Women: An Ancient Tradition in a Modern World 223
14 I Ask You to Listen to Who I Am 228
15 A "Berdache" by Any Other Name ... Is a Brother, Friend, Lover, Spouse: Reflections on a Mescalero Apache Singer of Ceremonies 236
16 Gender Statuses, Gender Features, and Gender/Sex Categories: New Perspectives on an Old Paradigm 255
17 On the Incommensurality of Gender Categories 265
18 You Anthropologists Make Sure You Get Your Words Right 272
19 The Dilemmas of Desire: From "Berdache" to Two-Spirit 276
20 Native American Genders and Sexualities: Beyond Anthropological Models and Misrepresentations 284
21 Dealing with Homophobia in Everyday Life 297
Contributors 319
Index 323
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