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Author Smithers, Gregory D., 1974- author.

Title Reclaiming two-spirits : sexuality, spiritual renewal, & sovereignty in Native America / Gregory D. Smithers ; foreword by Raven E. Heavy Runner.

Publication Info. Boston, Massachusetts : Beacon Press, [2022]


Location Call No. Status
 Avon Free Public Library - Adult Department  306.76 SMITHERS    Check Shelf
Description xxxiii, 332 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Series Queer action/queer ideas
Queer action/queer ideas.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Series note / Michael Bronski -- Prologue -- PART 1: JUDGMENTS -- Invasion -- "Hermaphrodites" -- Sin -- Effeminacy -- Strange -- PART 2: STORIES -- Resilience -- Place -- Paths -- PART 3: RECLAIMING -- Reawakening -- Two-Spirits -- Love -- Futures.
Summary "A sweeping history of Indigenous traditions of gender and sexuality that decolonizes North America's past and reveals how Two-Spirit people are reclaiming their place in Native nations"-- Provided by publisher.
Reclaiming Two-Spirits decolonizes the history of gender and sexuality in Native North America. It honors the generations of Indigenous people who had the foresight to take essential aspects of their cultural life and spiritual beliefs underground in order to save them. Before 1492, hundreds of Indigenous communities across North America included people who identified as neither male nor female, but both. They went by aakíí'skassi, miati, okitcitakwe or one of hundreds of other tribally specific identities. After European colonizers invaded Indian Country, centuries of violence and systematic persecution followed, imperiling the existence of people who today call themselves Two-Spirits, an umbrella term denoting feminine and masculine qualities in one person. Drawing on written sources, archaeological evidence, art, and oral storytelling, Reclaiming Two-Spirits spans the centuries from Spanish invasion to the present, tracing massacres and inquisitions and revealing how the authors of colonialism's written archives used language to both denigrate and erase Two-Spirit people from history. But as Gregory Smithers shows, the colonizers failed--and Indigenous resistance is core to this story. Reclaiming Two-Spirits amplifies their voices, reconnecting their history to Native nations in the 21st century.--Publisher website.
Subject North America. (OCoLC)fst01242475
Local Subject Indigenous peoples -- North America -- Social life and customs.
Subject Two-spirit people -- History.
HISTORY / United States / General.
Gender identity -- North America -- History.
Indians of North America -- Social life and customs. (OCoLC)fst00969907
Gender identity. (OCoLC)fst00939593
Genre/Form History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
Subject Indians of North America -- Social life and customs.
Two-spirit people. (OCoLC)fst01431650
Added Author Heavy Runner, Raven E., writer of foreword.
Added Title Reclaiming 2-spirits
Other Form: Online version: Smithers, Gregory D., 1974- Reclaiming two-spirits Boston : Beacon Press, 2022 9780807003473 (DLC) 2021034779
ISBN 9780807003466 (hardcover)
0807003468 (hardcover)
9780807003473 (electronic book)
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