Summary: 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. Berdachesindividuals who combine male and female social roles with traits unique to their status as a third genderhave 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.
Summary: 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. Berdachesindividuals who combine male and female social roles with traits unique to their status as a third genderhave 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. ...show less
Edition/Copyright:98 Cover: Paperback Publisher:St. Martins Press, Inc. Year Published: 1998 International: No
''Will Roscoe is writing the history the history books don't talk about.'' Bay Area Reporter ''Changing Ones is the culmination of two decades worth of superb scholarship, a landmark work.'' Lambda Book Report ''The strength of this work is its gathering together writings by a serious scholar of American Indian cultures who as the first to bring Native voices to the conservations about homosexuality, sex role transformations, and gender diversity.'' Great Plains Quarterly
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"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-Spirited People: Gay Americans 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
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