LGBTQ* Terms You Should Know
"TWO-SPIRIT" — an umbrella term (sometimes) used as a noun by indigenous people of North America to describe those who express their truths and self outside of the gender binary
Also recorded as: twospirit; two spirit
* Please note the above photo which describes We’Wa as Berdache. This term has been used by anthropologists in the past to describe trans* and Two-Spirit indigenous persons. It is now considered to be an archaic term and is often considered offensive.
IMPORTANT: The only individuals who identify as Two-Spirit are those who are individuals of specific cultures and ethnicity. Two-Spirit takes on more than just gender identity. It is a cultural and spiritual term.
Known Indigenous Tribes Who Openly Recognize(d) and Support(ed) Two-Spirit Members
Above Photograph All of We’Wa.
LGBTQ* People You Should Know
*Zuni Native American; Lhamana (Two-Spirit) ; accomplished weaver and potter
We’wa spent six months in Washington D.C. with anthropologist Matilda Coxe Stevenson in the late 1800s. During this time, We’Wa met President Grover Cleveland, who was never informed that We’Wa identified as Two-Spirit. book
For more information, read Will Roscoe’s The Zuni Man-Woman (1991)
Alternative spellings of We’Wa: We-Wa; We’Wha; We Wa