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Reclaiming the traditional role of Two-Spirited people in post-secondary and community education

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dc.contributor.author Plaut, Shayna
dc.contributor.author Kirk, David
dc.date.accessioned 2012-09-28T17:30:24Z
dc.date.available 2012-09-28T17:30:24Z
dc.date.issued 2012-09
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2429/43292
dc.description.abstract Two-Spirited people, people who identify as mixed/ambiguous/plural gender, traditionally had a special, if not revered role in the social and cultural fabric of over 100 Indigenous nations in North America. The current prevalence of homophobia, including violent rejection and isolation from family and community found within Indigenous communities today, is a relatively new phenomenon. We argue this is a symptom of colonization and goes against traditional cultural norms of respect, if not cultivation, of difference in order to achieve balance. This notion of balance – a respect of difference -- is a fundamental part of Indigenous teachings and learning. This paper, builds upon academic, traditional and personal knowledge, to explore how such a drastic transformation took place across the continent in less than a century and how Indigenous communities can reclaim the traditional knowledge espoused by Two-Spirited people. Our goal, as community and post-secondary educators, is to provide a means of using traditional culture to help change imposed colonial cultural repression and shame. en
dc.language.iso eng en
dc.relation.ispartof GSS cIRcle Open Scholar Award (UBCV Non-Thesis Graduate Work) en
dc.relation.ispartofseries University of British Columbia; CCFI 601B & EDST 565A en
dc.rights Attribution-NonCommercial 2.5 Canada
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/3.0/
dc.subject Indigenous en
dc.subject Two Spirit en
dc.title Reclaiming the traditional role of Two-Spirited people in post-secondary and community education en
dc.type Text en
dc.type.text Working Paper en
dc.description.affiliation Education, Faculty of en
dc.description.reviewstatus Unreviewed en
dc.degree.campus UBCV en
dc.description.scholarlevel Graduate en
dc.date.gss 2012-09-28T17:30:24Z

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