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The Two-Spirit Diplomat Who Mediated Two Worlds

The Two-Spirit Diplomat Who Mediated Two Worlds

Apr 5, 2022-- "In Washington, D.C., a visiting celebrity of 1885 was from the Zuni tribe of the southwestern United States. Described as a priestess and a princess, the young woman named WeWha was 6 feet tall, with a self-possessed and dignified demeanor. WeWha had come to Washington on a diplomatic mission to represent the Zuni people, and her activities were reported in the newspapers. She demonstrated traditional weaving techniques, attended high society gatherings, and met the president. What was not described in the reports was that WeWha was a gender-fluid person, a lhamana, respected and acknowledged as such by her tribe." What follows is an edited excerpt from Gregory D. Smithers the book, Reclaiming Two-Spirits: Sexuality, Spiritual Renewal & Sovereignty in Native America. (2914 reads)


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