Two Spirit

Sena

Joined June 2008

Artist's Description

Two Spirit
All tribes were aware of the existence of two-spirit people, and each still has a name for them. The Diné (Navajo) refer to them as nàdleehé one who is ‘transformed’, the Lakota (Sioux) as winkte, the Mohave as alyha, the Zuni as lhamana, the Omaha as mexoga, the Aleut and Kodiak as achnucek, the Zapotec as ira’ muxe, the Cheyenne as he man eh.
Among the Mescalero Apache: “Multigendered adult people at Mescalero are usually presumed to be people of power. Because they have both maleness and femaleness totally entwined in one body, they are known to be able to ‘see’ with the eyes of both proper men and proper women. They are often called upon to be healers, or mediators, or interpreters of dreams, or expected to become singers or others whose lives are devoted to the welfare of the group. If they do extraordinary things in any aspect of life, it is assumed that they have the license and power to do so and, therefore, they are not questioned.”
A Crow traditionalist stated, “We don’t waste people the way white society does. Every person has their gift.”

Artwork Comments

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  • F.A. Moore
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  • Marilyns
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