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The Spirit and the Flesh : Sexual Diversity in American Indian Culture - Walter L. Williams

The Spirit and the Flesh

Sexual Diversity in American Indian Culture

Paperback Published: 1st April 1992
ISBN: 9780807046159
Number Of Pages: 368

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Winner of the: Gay Book of the Year Award, American Library Association; Ruth Benedict Award, Society of Lesbian and Gay Anthropologists; Award for Outstanding Scholarship, World Congress for Sexology
Author's note: Shortly after the second revised edition this book was published in 1992, the term "Two-Spirit Person" became more popular among native people than the older anthropological term "berdache." When I learned of this new term, I began strongly supporting the use of this newer term. I believe that people should be able to call themselves whatever they wish, and scholars should respect and acknowledge their change of terminology. I went on record early on in convincing other anthropologists to shift away from use of the word berdache and in favor of using Two-Spirit. Nevertheless, because this book continues to be sold with the use of berdache, many people have assumed that I am resisting the newer term. Nothing could be further from the truth. Unless continued sales of this book will justify the publication of a third revised edition in the future, it is not possible to rewrite what is already printed, Therefore, I urge readers of this book, as well as activists who are working to gain more respect for gender variance, mentally to substitute the term "Two-Spirit" in the place of "berdache" when reading this text. -- Walter L. Williams, Los Angeles, 2006

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'An extraordinary perceptive study of the berdache and the most comprehensive treatment of this controversial topic to date.' --American Historical Review

Introductionp. 1
The Character of the Berdache
Of Religions and Dreams: The Spiritual Basis of the Berdache Traditionp. 17
Sacred People: Berdache Mystical Power and Ceremonial Rolesp. 31
Family Matters: The Economic and Social Position of the Berdachep. 44
Men, Women, and Others: The Gender Role of the Berdachep. 65
The Spirit and the Flesh: Sexual Aspects of the Berdache Traditionp. 87
A Normal Man: The Berdache's Husband and the Question of Sexual Variancep. 110
Changes in the Berdache Tradition Since the Coming of the Europeans
The Abominable Sin: The Spanish Campaign Against "Sodomy," and Its Results in Modern Latin Americap. 131
Seafarers, Cowboys, and Indians: Male Marriage in Fringe Societies on the Anglo-American Frontierp. 152
Of Bibles and Bureaus: Indian Acculturation and Decline of the Berdache Traditionp. 175
Survival and Pride: The Berdache Tradition and Gay American Indians Todayp. 201
Toward a Theoretical Understanding of Gender and Sexual Variance
Amazons of America: Female Gender Variancep. 233
Social Constructions/Essential Characters: A Cross-Cultural Viewpointp. 252
Notesp. 277
Bibliographyp. 317
Indexp. 335
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ISBN: 9780807046159
ISBN-10: 0807046159
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 1st April 1992
Publisher: BEACON PR
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.91 x 15.34  x 2.03
Weight (kg): 0.53

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