The Zuni man-woman /
Will Roscoe.
1st ed. --
Albuquerque : University of New Mexico Press, c1991.
xxi, 302 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
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Albuquerque : University of New Mexico Press, c1991.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [267]-289) and index.
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This item was nominated for the following awards:
Lambda Literary Awards, USA, 1992 : Won
Stonewall Book Awards, USA, 1992 : Nominated
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Appeared in Choice on 1992-02:
Roscoe provides a highly readable and revealing account of a remarkable Zuni Indian role, the Man-Woman, suggesting how and why this "alternative gender" has been discredited by Euro-Americans intent on assimilating Native Americans. We'wha, the most famous of all Native American "berdaches," engaged in some male activities, like kachina dancing, men's crafts work, and farming, but abstained from hunting and warfare. He dressed as a Zuni woman and performed women's work, including pottery-making, weaving on the waist-loom, and corn grinding. We'wha's esteemed position in traditional Zuni society is clarified by an impressive analysis of Zuni ethnohistory and mythology. The celebrities and events associated with We'wha's 1886 visit to Washington, DC are vividly portrayed. Although Washingtonians were charmed by this "Zuni maiden," soldiers attempting to arrest the Zuni governor in 1892 were abruptly shoved out the door by his younger brother, We'wha. Fascinating material; recommended for undergraduates and general readers.-J. C. Fikes, Institute for Investigation of Inter-Cultural Issues
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