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Two-Spirit People Native American Gender Identity, Sexuality, and Spirituality by Sue-Ellen Jacobs

Two-Spirit People Native American Gender Identity, Sexuality, and Spirituality


Two-Spirit People Native American Gender Identity, Sexuality, and Spirituality by Sue-Ellen Jacobs

This landmark book combines the voices of Native Americans and non-Indians, anthropologists and others, in an exploration of gender and sexuality issues as they relate to lesbian, gay, trans-gendered, and other marked Native Americans. Focusing on the concept of two-spirit people - individuals not necessarily gay or lesbian, transvestite or bisexual, but whose behaviors or beliefs may sometimes be interpreted by others as uncharacteristic of their sex - this book is the first to provide an intimate look at how many two-spirit people feel about themselves, how other Native Americans treat them, and how anthropologists and other scholars interpret them and their cultures.


This volume converts a lifeless, stereotyped image into a vast array of living, breathing, thinking, and talking people. -- William L. Leap, coeditor of Out in the Field: Reflections of Lesbian and Gay Anthropologists

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Publication date

1st July 1997


Sue-Ellen Jacobs

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University of Illinois Press


352 pages


Gender studies, gender groups
Religious groups: social & cultural aspects



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