Native American Indian Berdache or “Two-Spirit” Tradition…

Berdache. A strange word, to be sure, but one that has a long and complicated history. The Berdache tradition is a Native American/American Indian tradition that allowed for gender role change.

Gender role change is the adoption, for various reasons, of a culturally defined social role that is dictated to the opposite sex. This means that a man could adopt the social role of a woman and vice versa. In the Berdache tradition, this was almost always a permanent change. http://hubpages.com/hub/Native-American-Berdache-Tradition

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One response to “Native American Indian Berdache or “Two-Spirit” Tradition…

  1. i assume this does include an entire gender reassignment operation as anesthetics back then were rather primitive. good post as i am keenly interested in native indian issues.

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