- Paperback: 324 pages
- Publisher: University of New Mexico Press; Reprint edition (June 1, 1992)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0826313701
- ISBN-13: 978-0826313706
- Product Dimensions: 1 x 6 x 6.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #987,645 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The life of We'wha (1849-96), the Zuni who was perhaps the most famous berdache (an individual who combined the work and traits of both men and women) in American Indian history.
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This book focuses on the life of We'wha, perhaps the most famous berdache (an individual who combined the work and traits of both men and women) in American history. Through We'wha's exceptional life, historian Will Roscoe creates a vivid picture of an alternative gender role whose history has been hidden and almost forgotten.
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I have a few issues with Will Roscoe's writing, though. It seems a touch phallocentric--unsurprising from yet another white, gay male anthropologist exploring these topics. He insists on referring to We'wha exclusively using masculine pronouns (he, him, his) even though her community and friends like Matilda Coxe Stevenson would fluctuate between different pronouns, often using the feminine to refer to We'wha. He repeatedly notes her male body, seeming to imply that her sex is more important than her gender. It's as if it's important to him that We'wha is a queered male, even though the whole point of the book is to explain that the lhamana role bridges masculine and feminine identities. Then there's the fact that her refers to Matilda Coxe Stevenson as "Matilda Stevenson," refusing to acknowledge her use of her maiden name, which was a bold choice for a woman of the mid-19th century. I'll take whatever information I can get on mixed-gender identities, but I can only roll my eyes when the information is presented from a male-centered worldview.