TwoSpirit (Adsila)

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Two Spirits One Heart

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THE WAY OF THE TWO SPIRITED PEOPLE

The two-spirited person is a native tradition that researchers have identified in some of the earliest discoveries of Native artifacts. Much evidence indicates that Native people, prior to colonization, believed in the existence of cross-gender roles, the male-female, the female-male, what we now call the two-spirited person.

In Native American culture, before the Europeans came to the America's, "two-spirit" referred to an ancient teaching. This type of cross-gender identity has been documented in over 155 tribes across Native North America (Roscoe 1988).

Our Elders tell us of people who were gifted among all beings because they carried two spirits, that of male and female. It is told that women engaged in tribal warfare and married other women, as there were men who married other men. These individuals were looked upon as a third and fourth gender in many cases and in almost all cultures they were honoured and revered.

Two-spirit people were often the visionaries, the healers, the medicine people, the nannies of orphans, the care givers (Roscoe 1988). They were respected as fundamental components of our ancient culture and societies. This is our guiding force as well as our source of strength

Native American concepts of gender and sexual orientation

By Sandra Laframboise and Michael Anhorn



You can also find alternate writings under three additional Pen Names:

Ahavati - Spiritual
Ex-Machina - Sci-fi
Agent Starling - Mountain / Southern Life