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dc.contributor.author Slutchuk, Rishona J. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2012-06-08T19:02:43Z
dc.date.available 2012-06-08T19:02:43Z
dc.date.issued 2002 en_US
dc.identifier (Sirsi) APO-1263 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1993/7817
dc.description.abstract Historically, berdache were seen in a negative light in both Aboriginal and European cultures. Recentiy, the term two-spirit was chosen to identify these people thereby creating a positive spiritual path bridging the historical experience with the contemporary. In the modern sense, the term two-spirit has come to be seen as inclusive while allowing people to use the term in a way that fits their own personal ties. This thesis will illustrate a few of the ways the term two-spirit can be used. It will also examine the historical and contemporary importance of the term. It will focus primarily on contemporary two-spirit Aboriginal people's opinions and provide a closer look at how they choose to define and identify themselves. The journey that two-spirit people have taken to get where they are now will also be examined. Further, a closer look at their history and the reclaiming of their voice, as well as qualitative interviews with people who identify as two-spirited, will be presented. In the final analysis, there is much more to identifing oneself as two-spirited than just speaking the words. It is a process, a journey and, for some, a dream. Two-spirit Aboriginal people were chosen by their Creator to walk in both worlds - the physical and spiritual and they were chosen to mediate between men and women. Two-spirit is a positive word with a beautiful and harmonious balance that encompasses all people and it has a definite place within Aboriginal culture. en_US
dc.format.extent [iii], 127 leaves. en_US
dc.language en_US
dc.rights en_US
dc.title The perspective of two-spirit Aboriginal people en_US
dc.degree.discipline Native Studies en_US


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