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Two-spirit people : Native American gender identity, sexuality, and spirituality

Author: Sue-Ellen Jacobs; Wesley Thomas; Sabine Lang
Publisher: Urbana : University of Illinois Press, ©1997.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Two-spirit people.
Urbana : University of Illinois Press, ©1997
(OCoLC)605032514
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Sue-Ellen Jacobs; Wesley Thomas; Sabine Lang
ISBN: 0252023447 9780252023446 0252066456 9780252066450
OCLC Number: 36001402
Notes: "Illini books edition"--Title page verso.
Description: xiii, 331 pages : illustrations (1 color) ; 24 cm
Contents: Is the "North American berdache" merely a phantom in the imagination of Western social scientists? / Sue-Ellen Jacobs --
The Northern Athapaskan "berdache" reconsidered : on reading more than there is in the ethnographic record / Jean-Guy A. Goulet --
Cross-dressing and shamanism among selected Western North American tribes / Arnold R. Pilling --
Various kinds of two-spirit people : gender variance and homosexuality in Native American communities / Sabine Lang --
Traditions of gender diversity and sexualities : a female-to-male transgendered perspective / Jason Cromwell --
Changing Native American roles in an urban context and changing Native American sex roles in an urban context / Beatrice Medicine (Standing Rock Lakota) --
Navajo cultural constructions of gender and sexuality / Wesley Thomas (Navajo) --
A Navajo worldview and Nádleehí : implications for Western categories / Carolyn Epple --
M. Dragonfly : two-spirit and the Tafoya Principle of Uncertainty / Terry Tafoya (Taos/Warm Springs) --
I am a Lakota womyn / Beverly Little Thunder (Standing Rock Lakota) --
Traditional influences on a contemporary gay-identified Sisseton Dakota / Michael Red Earth (Sisseton Dakota) --
A postcolonial colonial perspective on Western [mis]conceptions of the cosmos and the restoration of indigenous taxonomies / Anguksuar [Richard LaFortune](Yupík) --
Navajo warrior women : an ancient tradition in a modern world / Carrie H. House (Navajo/Oneida) --
I ask you to listen to who I am / Doyle V. Robertson (Sisseton/Wahpeton Dakota) --
A "berdache" by any other name--
is a brother, friend, lover, spouse : reflections on a Mescalero Apache singer of ceremonies / Claire R. Farrer --
Gender statuses, gender features, and gender/sex categories : new perspectives on an old paradigm / Lee M. Kochems and Sue-Ellen Jacobs --
On the incommensurability of gender categories / Alice B. Kehoe --
You anthropologists make sure you get your words right / Clyde M. Hall (Lemhi Shoshoni) --
The dilemmas of desire : from "berdache" to two-spirit / Gilbert Herdt --
Native American genders and sexualities : beyond anthropological models and misrepresentations / Evelyn Blackwood --
Dealing with homophobia in everyday life.
Responsibility: edited by Sue-Ellen Jacobs, Wesley Thomas, and Sabine Lang.

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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 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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