Thursday, October 25, 2012

Two-Spirit People: We Considered Them Sacred

Two-Spirit People: We Considered Them Sacred

"Christian leaders, stand on our soil and claim: gay marriage has never occurred here. Over 130 tribes in every region of North America performed millions of same sex marriages for hundreds of years. Their statements are both hateful and ignorant. Your "homosexual" was our "Two Spirit" people... We considered them sacred." -Pretty Shield

Pretty Shield (1856–1944) was a medicine woman of the Crow Nation
 Born in 1856 to Kills-in-the-Night and Crazy-Sister-in-Law, Pretty Shield was the fourth of eleven children. -Learn More on Wikipedia
Two-Spirit People (also Two Spirit or Twospirit) is an umbrella term sometimes used for what was once commonly known as berdaches, Indigenous North Americans who fulfill one of many mixed gender roles found traditionally among many Native Americans and Canadian First Nations communities.

Third gender roles historically embodied by Two-Spirit people include performing work and wearing clothing associated with both men and women. The presence of male two-spirits "was a fundamental institution among most tribal peoples." Male and female two-spirits have been "documented in over 130 tribes, in every region of North America. -Learn more on Wikipedia

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