Anthropology | AMERICAN INDIAN GENDER AND SEXUALITY
E600 | 0422 | Thomas


This seminar class will address the American Indians' tribal
understandings and view points on gender and sexuality identities,
cultural obligations, duties and roles.  At the beginning of the semester,
the creation stories (or tribal folklores) of a couple of tribes' will be
use to explore the Native cultural constructions of human beings,
maleness, femaleness, hermaphroditism, boy, girl, woman and man's
identities.  The English-language based gender terms such as man and woman
will be clarified and explicitly dichotomized from sex, sexual and
sexuality, for a better understanding of the difference between Native
gender and sexuality.

Native narratives readings will be one of bases of the topical
discussions within the seminar.  Multiple tribal rites of passages of
different personhood (boy, man, girl, woman, and so forth) will be
elucidated.  Western's (European-American) concept of heterosexuality,
homosexuality, bisexuality and "tri-sexuality" will be covered using both
Western and Indigenous theories.  Toward the end of the semester, the
class will address the changed American Indian gender roles of man, woman
and "others" due to the ever-present acculturation and assimilation.

In addition to book readings, handouts, videos/films and speakers
will be utilized to facilitate this course.

Books (one or two will be added at a later date)

Warrior Woman: The Story of Lozen, Apache Warrior and Shaman
Sifters: Native American Women's Lives
Counting Coup: A True Story of Basketball and Honor on the Little Big Horn
Two-Spirit People: Native American Gender, Sexuality and Spirituality
Bighorse: The Warrior
Crow Dog: Four Generations of Sioux Medicine men
As We Are Now: Mix-blood Essays on Race and Identity