Changing Ones Third and Fourth Genders in Native North America

ISBN-10: 0312224796
ISBN-13: 9780312224790
Edition: 1998 (Revised)
Authors: Will Roscoe
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Description: In many Native American tribal societies, it was not uncommon for some men to live as women and some women to live as men. In this land, the original America, men who wore women’s clothes and did women’s work became artists, ambassadors, and  More...

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Book details

List price: $35.00
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date: 6/16/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

In many Native American tribal societies, it was not uncommon for some men to live as women and some women to live as men. In this land, the original America, men who wore women’s clothes and did women’s work became artists, ambassadors, and religious leaders, and women sometimes became warriors, hunters and even chiefs. Same-sex marriages flourished. Berdaches—individuals who combine male and female social roles with traits unique to their status as a third gender—have been documented in more than 150 North American tribes. By looking at this aspect of non-Western culture, Roscoe challenges the basis of the dualistic way most Americans think about sexuality, and shakes the foundation of the way we understand and define gender.

Will Roscoe is the award-winning author of The Zuni Man/Womanand Queer Spirits: A Gay Men's Myth Book and the editor of Living the Spirit: A Gay American Indian Anthology and Radically Gay: Gay Liberation in the Words of its Founder by Harry Hay.

List of Illustrations and Tables
Foreword
"Strange Country This": An Introduction to North American Gender Diversity
"That Is My Road": The Life and Times of a Third Gender Warrior
The One Who Is Changing: Hastiin Klah and the Navajo Nadleehi Tradition
Warrior Women and Women Chiefs: Alternative Identities and Genders for Native Women
Two-Spirit People: Gay American Indians Today
Gender without Sex: Toward a Theory of Gender Diversity
Dreams of Power: Third and Fourth Genders in Yuman Culture and History
Close Encounters: A Model of Native Survivance
Narratives of Domination or the Cant of Conquest?: Competing Views of Alternative Genders
Conclusion: The Past and Future of Gender Diversity
Glossary of Native Terms for Alternative Gender Roles and Sexuality by Language Family
Tribal Index of Alternative Gender Roles and Sexuality
Notes
Bibliography of Native Lesbian/Gay Literature
Bibliography
Acknowledgments
Index

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