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As contemporary Native and non-Native Americans explore various forms of "gender bending" and gay and lesbian identities, interest has grown in "berdaches," the womanly men and manly women who existed in many Native American tribal cultures. Yet attempts to find current role models in these historical figures sometimes distort and oversimplify the historical realities. This book provides an objective, comprehensive study of Native American women-men and men-women across many tribal cultures and an extended time span.

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This is a major and significant contribution to the studies of gender diversity, sexuality, and cultural constructions of gender and sex roles. In addition...it is the only source that empirically and theoretically focuses on female sex and gender options in Native North America. — Sue-Ellen Jacobs, Professor of Women Studies and Anthropology, University of Washington

As contemporary Native and non-Native Americans explore various forms of gender bending and gay and lesbian identities, interest has grown in berdaches, the womanly men and manly women who existed in many Native American tribal cultures. Yet attempts to find current role models in these historical figures sometimes distort and oversimplify the historical realities.

This book provides an objective, comprehensive study of Native American women-men and men-women across many tribal cultures and an extended time span. Sabine Lang explores such topics as their religious and secular roles; the relation of the roles of women-men and men-women to the roles of women and men in their respective societies; the ways in which gender-role change was carried out, legitimized, and explained in Native American cultures; the widely differing attitudes toward women-men and men-women in tribal cultures; and the role of these figures in Native mythology. Lang's findings challenge the apparent gender equality of the berdache institution, as well as the supposed universality of concepts such as homosexuality.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. 355-379) and index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780292747012
Translator:
Vantine, John L.
Author:
Vantine, John L.
Author:
Lang, Sabine
Author:
Long, Sabine
Publisher:
University of Texas Press
Location:
Austin :
Subject:
Social life and customs
Subject:
Native American Studies
Subject:
Indians of north america
Subject:
Gender Studies
Subject:
Homosexuality
Subject:
Sex role
Subject:
Transvestism
Subject:
Transvestism -- Cross-cultural studies.
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - Native American Studies
Subject:
Sex role -- Cross-cultural studies.
Subject:
Native American-General Native American Studies
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Series Volume:
no. 639
Publication Date:
19980131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
9.07x6.10x1.03 in. 1.23 lbs.

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Product details 416 pages University of Texas Press - English 9780292747012 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , This is a major and significant contribution to the studies of gender diversity, sexuality, and cultural constructions of gender and sex roles. In addition...it is the only source that empirically and theoretically focuses on female sex and gender options in Native North America. — Sue-Ellen Jacobs, Professor of Women Studies and Anthropology, University of Washington

As contemporary Native and non-Native Americans explore various forms of gender bending and gay and lesbian identities, interest has grown in berdaches, the womanly men and manly women who existed in many Native American tribal cultures. Yet attempts to find current role models in these historical figures sometimes distort and oversimplify the historical realities.

This book provides an objective, comprehensive study of Native American women-men and men-women across many tribal cultures and an extended time span. Sabine Lang explores such topics as their religious and secular roles; the relation of the roles of women-men and men-women to the roles of women and men in their respective societies; the ways in which gender-role change was carried out, legitimized, and explained in Native American cultures; the widely differing attitudes toward women-men and men-women in tribal cultures; and the role of these figures in Native mythology. Lang's findings challenge the apparent gender equality of the berdache institution, as well as the supposed universality of concepts such as homosexuality.

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