berdache

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The name given by early French explorers to Native Americans who fulfilled mixed gender roles, either as male two spirits or female two spirits

berdache

(bĕr-dăsh′) [Fr.]
A person of a definite sex, male or female, who assumes the status and role of the opposite sex and is viewed by the community as being of one physiologic sex but as having assumed the status and role of the opposite sex.
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The Two Spirit might be a genetically male person who assumed the dress and duties of a female person.
Our discussion begins with Shawn Imitates Dog's eighteen-minute film, Two Spirits, One Journey (2007), which reinforces a traditional understanding of Two-Spirit roles in the face of contemporary homophobia.
These two spirits communicated with Francesca on a regular basis and, through research, Francesca discovered that they were part of her husband Fran's family line.
Two Spirit of Telford awards, for engineering excellence and contribution to society, were presented to Neil Dancer, head of highways for Birmingham City Council, and Chris Nason from Warwickshire County Council design services team.
Two Spirit of the Dance troupes of thirty dancers each have performed for the past two years in English seaside resorts and middle-sized theaters that the two larger shows don't visit.
They specialize in scanning and color correction with the use of two Spirit 4K scanners connected to a common SAN via two Bones workstations.
Offering two slightly different takes on the supernatural tale depending on whether you choose to focus on a male or female protagonist, the plot revolves around a barmy premise of two spirit factions battling for control of the Earth and a shady military orginisation looking to harness the resultant powers for evil.
CLASSICAL: It wouldn't be December without the Phil's traditional carol concerts, and tonight is the first of two Spirit of Christmas concerts presented by Dame Joan Bakewell.
A gathering of two-spirit people celebrated their unique journey through life and saw the society take its spiritual place in the circle during the Fourth Annual Elders and Two Spirit Gathering held in Edmonton on Oct.
Dame Joan Bakewell presents two Spirit of Christmas shows of well-loved tunes and seasonal readings later this week, and Frosty the Snowman is taking up residence over the weekend for a number of special family perfor mances.
His numerous accolades include five Academy Award[R] nominations for Best Director (Gosford Park, Short Cuts, The Player, M*A*S*H*, Nashville), and three for Best Film (Gosford Park, M*A*S*H*, Nashville); at Cannes, the Palme d'Or/Best Film (M*A*S*H*), and Best Director (The Player); the Venice Film Festival Grand Prix, best Film (Short Cuts); the British Academy Award (BAFTA) for Best British Film (Gosford Park), Best Director (The Player), and Best Foreign Television Series ("Tanner '88"); and two Spirit Award nominations for Best Feature (Cookie's Fortune, Mrs.