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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0: Tribal Resolutions and Codes to Support Two Spirit & LGBT Justice in Indian Country (Portland: The American Program of Legal AID Services of Oregon, The Indigenous Ways of Knowing Program at Lewis and Clark College, Basic Rights Oregon, and the Western States Center, 2013), 8.
Teaming with The Center, Orlando's primary LGBTQ organization, and the Zebra Coalition, which works with LGBTQ youth, Two Spirit brought counseling to those in need.
The Two Spirit might be a genetically male person who assumed the dress and duties of a female person.
Brian Gilley, of Indiana University (on Two Spirit Identities).
From that moment, I was hooked," says Krieger, now a 29-year-old helmer with two feature credits, the 2008 indie drama "The Vicious Kind" (nommed for two Spirit Awards) and "Celeste and Jesse Forever," a serio-romantic-comedy, written by and starring Rashida Jones and Will McCormack, in which a divorcing couple try to stay friends.
Two Spirit critiques allow an appreciation of how Imitates Dog's Two Spirits, One Journey and Desjarlais' Two-Spirited short films embrace the Two-Spirit traditions, communities and spiritualities that Alexie's The Business of Fancydancing ultimately cannot as a queer Native movie.
Martins Press, 1988); Sue-Ellen Jacobs, Wesley Thomas, & Sabine Lang, Two-Spirit People: Native American Gender Identity, Sexuality, and Spirituality (Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 1997); Lester Brown, Two Spirit People: American Indian Lesbian Women and Gay Men (New York: Haworth, 1997); Will Roscoe, Changing Ones: Third and Fourth Genders in Native North America (New York: St.
Diageo, the biggest spirits exporter to the region (and the producer of the top two spirit imports Johnnie Walker and Smirnoff, as well as another seven of the top 12 scotch brands sold in Latin America), reported net sales growth and increased market share in the region in their 2009 annual report.
She didn't tell anyone but soon after that she was visited by what she has come to know as her two spirit guides - Grey Wolf and Eamon.
But Van Voorhis, a member of the Cherokee Nation, is also a consummate coalition builder, spending the past decade as a member, and now co-director and spiritual advisor, of the Two Spirit Society of Denver.
Among the other significant archival holdings are the Jim Chalgren Collection; a significant Two Spirit Archive.
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.