Changing Ones: Third and Fourth Genders in Native North America
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Changing Ones: Third and Fourth Genders in Native North America

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In many Native American tribal societies, it was not uncommon for some men to live as women and some women to live as men. In this land, the original America, men who wore women’s clothes and did women’s work became artists, ambassadors, and religious leaders, and women sometimes became warriors, hunters and even chiefs. Same-sex marriages flourished. Berdaches—individuals...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published June 17th 2000 by Palgrave Macmillan (first published 1998)
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Bart
Changing Ones thoroughly documents third and fourth genders roles - community, war, labor, clothing, artistic, religious, sexual, etc. - present in native North America pre- and early contact with European imperialists. Will Roscoe, also, looks at how this contact altered tribes perceptions of gender and present day two-spirited folks. The book was very interesting to me at these parts. The second half Roscoe goes all Foucault and Butler on the audience. Also, Roscoe includes a pretty boring reb...more
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When reading outside my discipline for leisure, I give myself permission to skip anything titled "Towards a Theory of ___" so I admit I just read the first half.
Jake
Very interesting stuff. It would do America's rednecks good to learn about the philiosophical sophistication of the Native Americans. Noble savage fetish aside, there is plenty to admire in the societies of pre-Colonial America.
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