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The perspective of two-spirit Aboriginal people, by Rishona J. Slutchuk

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The perspective of two-spirit Aboriginal people
Title
The perspective of two-spirit Aboriginal people
Statement of responsibility
by Rishona J. Slutchuk
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eng
Summary
This thesis addresses the two-spirit lifestyle of Aboriginal people. In recent years, the term two-spirit has been used to describe Aboriginal people who identify as gay or lesbian. However, not everyone who identifies as two-spirit is, in fact, part of the gay or lesbian lifestyle. The confusion over this term can be traced back to the arrival of the Europeans in North America and their misinterpretation of the people they met. The lac of understanding of Aboriginal customes and beliefs inevitably created stereotypes and prejudicial attitudes. As well, the language barrier made it most diffucult to transfer thoughts and ideas. The original term, berdache, is a European invention used to describe what the early Europeans perceived as a deviant role within Aboriginal societies. Europeans thought that the two-spirit peopel were homosexuals and cross-dressers because they saw a man wearing women's clothing or a man living with another man and they perceived this as deviant behaviour without inquiry into the reality of the situation. Historically, two-spirit people were spiritual leaders, matchmakers, visionaries, artisans and role models for the rest of the community. Sexuality and sexual orientation were only a small component of the two-spirit lifestyle. Modern two-spirit Aboriginal people have chosen the term two-spirit to separate themselves from the derogatory terms used in the past which incorporates the spiritual component that has been misplaced for so many years. -- p. 1-2
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1974-
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Slutchuk, Rishona J.
Dissertation note
Thesis (M.A.)--University of Manitoba, 2002.
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theses
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University of Manitoba
Series statement
Canadian thesis = Thèses canadiennes
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  • Two-spirit people
  • Indian lesbians
  • Indian gays
  • Indians, North American
  • Homosexuality
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The perspective of two-spirit Aboriginal people, by Rishona J. Slutchuk
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Publication
Extent
[iii], 127 leaves.
Isbn
9780612800380
Note
Indigenous Health Collection.
Reproduction note
Photocopy.
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  • (CaMWU)u1883934-01umb_inst
  • (Sirsi) APO-1263
  • (OCoLC)855383145
Label
The perspective of two-spirit Aboriginal people, by Rishona J. Slutchuk
Publication
Extent
[iii], 127 leaves.
Isbn
9780612800380
Note
Indigenous Health Collection.
Reproduction note
Photocopy.
System control number
  • (CaMWU)u1883934-01umb_inst
  • (Sirsi) APO-1263
  • (OCoLC)855383145

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