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Becoming Two-Spirit: Gay Identity and Social Acceptance in Indian Country
The Two-Spirit man occupies a singular place in Native American culture, balancing the male and the female spirit even as he tries to blend gay and Native identity. The accompanying ambiguities of gender and culture come into vivid relief in the powerful and poignant Becoming Two-Spirit, the first book to take an in-depth look at contemporary American Indian gender diversi ...more
Paperback, 218 pages
Published October 1st 2006 by University of Nebraska Press
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Very interesting analysis of the struggle that Indian American guys with same-sex attraction try to integrate their sexual orientation with their cultural background. Gilley writes that most of these individuals crave acceptance in their tribes, but have generally rejected on the basis of their sexual orientation. His thesis, however, is that most Indian American cultures traditionally had a third-gender category called two-spirit. Gilley's interlocutor's seek to bring back those traditions and ...more