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By Brian Joseph Gilley

ISBN-10: 0803271263

ISBN-13: 9780803271265

The Two-Spirit guy occupies a novel position in local American tradition, balancing the male and the feminine spirit at the same time he attempts to combination homosexual and local id. The accompanying ambiguities of gender and tradition come into shiny reduction within the robust and poignant Becoming Two-Spirit, the 1st ebook to take an in-depth examine modern American Indian gender range. Drawing on a wealth of observations from interviews, oral histories, and conferences and ceremonies, Brian Joseph Gilley offers an intimate view of ways Two-Spirit males in Colorado and Oklahoma fight to redefine themselves and their groups.

The Two-Spirit males who look in Gilley’s ebook converse frankly of homophobia inside of their groups, a chronic prejudice that's principally misunderstood or misrepresented by means of outsiders. Gilley offers specific debts of the ways that those males regulate homosexual and local id as a method of facing their alienation from tribal groups and households. With those compromises, he indicates, they build an id that demanding situations their alienation whereas whilst situating themselves inside modern notions of yankee Indian id. He additionally exhibits how their creativity is mirrored within the groups they construct with each other, the advance in their personal social practices, and a countrywide community of people associated of their look for self and social acceptance.

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Ben and I continue to stay in touch and are working on future projects on HIV/AIDS prevention among Natives. Because of my friendship with Ben and the frequency with which I spoke with him, he is quoted the most throughout the book. I also became close with Sheila, a Lakota man who has lived as a woman since her early teens. I originally came to know Sheila through the Denver Society. Sheila represents something special for Two-Spirit men. She is what many of the men consider the closest representation to the original women-men.

Those men who grew up in metropolitan areas – “city Indians” as people called them – were more familiar with powwow culture than they were with ceremonial culture. People who had moved to Denver from a reservation or Indian community often brought with them knowledge of tribal culture, but seemed turned off by the ways of urban Indians. Regardless of their upbringing, the Two-Spirit society was the only connection to Indianness for many of the men. As the Green Country Society served as an escape from one’s tribal community, the Denver group developed out of the need for a social and spiritual community.

Other groups organized in major cities across North America include Gays and Lesbians of the First Nations in Toronto, We’wha and BarCheeAmpe in New York City, Nichiwakan in Winnipeg, Tahoma Two-Spirits of Seattle, Vancouver Two-Spirits, and Nations of the Four Directions in San Diego (Roscoe 1998:103–104). All these organizations had as their focus the social and personal connection of gay and lesbian Natives with traditional ways as well as the prevention of HIV/AIDS infection among American Indians.

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