Nowadays, these kinds of natives call themselves two-spirits. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 10 3: Dvorsky G, Hughes J Its etymologyhowever, has meant that it is now considered outdated and potentially offensive: Participants identified how historically the Berdache or two-spirited people were considered important members of the community.
Men as women, women as men:
Gay American Indians
Research and Two Spirit in Atlantic Canada: Its etymologyhowever, has meant that it is now considered outdated and potentially offensive: Gay and lesbian American Indians look to the past to shape a better future on the reservation The purpose of this chapter is to demonstrate the importance of the body in shaping the relationship between language and identity amonggender-variant groups After more than two decades of living mostly in Vancouver, Evan Adams has returned home to his Sliammon band reserve near Powell River.
Fages gave more descriptive details about the native Californians than any of the others, and he alone reported the presence of homosexuality in the native culture. A person who identifies as two-spirit off the reservation will not necessarily be seen or identified as a two-spirit person at home on the reservationbut will be identified by the term that is used within the community. Cavin argues that these are lesbian stories, or at the very least non-heterosexual stories She states, "at the core of contemporary two-spirit identities is ethnicity, an awareness of being Native American as opposed to being white or being a member of any other ethnic group". How were individuals with such a difference treated?