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Before European Christians Forced Gender Roles, Native Americans Acknowledged 5 Genders
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It wasnt until Europeans took over North America that nativesadopted the ideas of gender roles. For Native Americans, there was no set of rules that men and women had to abide by in order to be considered a normal member of their tribe.
In fact, people who had both female and male characteristics were viewed asgifted by nature, and therefore, able to see both sides of everything. According to Indian Country Today, all native communities acknowledged the following gender roles: Female, male, Two Spirit female, Two Spirit male and Transgendered.
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From the original article at Indian Country:

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Those who arrived in the Native American Garden of Eden had never seen a land so uncorrupted. The Europeans saw new geography, new plants, new animals, but the most perplexing curiosity to these people were the Original Peoples and our ways of life. Of all of the foreign life ways Indians held, one of the first the Europeans targeted for elimination was the Two Spirit tradition among Native American cultures.

I dunno, Phil. I'm not saying this isn't true, but it sounds a bit fanciful to me.

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I have read substantially the same information in several places. Which part raises doubts? I will see if I can find other sources.


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Originally Posted By: Phil Hoskins
Which part raises doubts?

The whole "Garden of Eden" thing.

I don't think you'd deliberately mislead people, Phil. You're an honorable person.

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Which part raises doubts?

The whole "Garden of Eden" thing.

I don't think you'd deliberately mislead people, Phil. You're an honorable person.
Thank you. Far from trying to mislead, I was attempting to enlighten us. I think the attempt to illustrate by using "garden of eden" may have been unwise. The proposal that Europeans coming to the Americas might well have been shocked, offended and threatened by gender issues I find very likely.


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Originally Posted By: Phil Hoskins
Before European Christians Forced Gender Roles, Native Americans Acknowledged 5 Genders
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It wasnt until Europeans took over North America that nativesadopted the ideas of gender roles. For Native Americans, there was no set of rules that men and women had to abide by in order to be considered a normal member of their tribe.
In fact, people who had both female and male characteristics were viewed asgifted by nature, and therefore, able to see both sides of everything. According to Indian Country Today, all native communities acknowledged the following gender roles: Female, male, Two Spirit female, Two Spirit male and Transgendered.
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I have known this for many years now, do not remember where or when I learned about the Native American and First Nations philosophy about gender. I have always thought it was enlightened.


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I always respected their honoring the crazy ones who ride around on horseback backwards. Very enlightened way to treat "different" people.


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