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We had a lot of trouble with western mental health workers who came here immediately after the genocide and we had to ask some of them to leave.

They came and their practice did not involve being outside in the sun where you begin to feel better. There was no music or drumming to get your blood flowing again. There was no sense that everyone had taken the day off so that the entire community could come together to try to lift you up and bring you back to joy. There was no acknowledgement of the depression as something invasive and external that could actually be cast out again.

Instead they would take people one at a time into these dingy little rooms and have them sit around for an hour or so and talk about bad things that had happened to them. We had to ask them to leave.

~A Rwandan talking to a western writer, Andrew Solomon, about his experience with western mental health and depression.

From The Moth podcast, ‘Notes on an Exorcism’. (via jacobwren)

An important lesson that I’m learning right now. Healing takes many different forms and when you meet someone who heals in differently from what you know, support them anyway. See what helps them heal then join them. We don’t always need to guide, sometimes we follow.

(via somethingtobelievein)

Five Rad LGBT Artifacts You Can Find at the Smithsonian

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Five Rad LGBT Artifacts You Can Find at the Smithsonian

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Earlier this month, the National Museum of American History accepted into its collection a group of items related to LGBT history. The additions, which included scripts and other papers from “Will & Grace,” diplomatic passports belonging to an openly gay U.S. ambassador and his husband, and the original trans pride flag from 1999, broadened the museum’s existing…

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cosmicqt:

Hey look! Here are some resources written by ACTUAL two-spirit people, compiled by a two-spirit person! You will find no Roscoe or Williams here (yuck). We can speak for ourselves, thank you VERY much.
(Also, let that stupid quote plastered over Pretty Shield’s face “Christian leaders, stand on our soil and claim: “gay marriage” has never occurred here. Over 130 tribes in every region of North America blah blah BLAH” that’s not actually attributed to anyone DIE. STOP USING IT. IT IS DISRESPECTFUL. Look, it’s me and my big brother’s shirt we wore one day to rep instead. PHEW, that’s SO MUCH BETTER.)


Open Access Articles/Resources
Cameron, Michelle. “Two Spirited Aboriginal People: Continuing Cultural Appropriation by Non-Aboriginal Society”
National Aboriginal Health Organization (NAHO). “Suicide Prevention and Two-Spirited People”
Jill Alaers. Two-Spirited People and Social Work Practice: Exploring the History of Aboriginal Gender and Sexual Diversity
Buy | Find in library | Access through university/college databases
Wilson, Alex. “N’Tacimowin Innah Nah’: Our Coming In Stories”
Wilson, Alex. “How we find ourselves: Identity development and two-spirit people”
Wilson, Alex. “Two-spirit identity”.
Gregory Scofield. “You Can Always Count on an Anthropologist (To Set You Straight, Crooked or Somewhere In-Between)” in Me Sexy: An Exploration of Native Sex and Sexuality. 
Queer Indigenous Studies: Critical Interventions in Theory, Politics and Literature. Eds. Qwo-Li Driskill, Chris Finley, Brian Joseph Gilley, and Scott Lauria Morgensen
Driskill, Qwo-Li . “Doubleweaving Two-Spirit Critiques: Building Alliances between Native and Queer 
This is by no means meant to be exhaustive. My fellow 2S folks, please add more that you know written by-and-for us!
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cosmicqt:

Hey look! Here are some resources written by ACTUAL two-spirit people, compiled by a two-spirit person! You will find no Roscoe or Williams here (yuck). We can speak for ourselves, thank you VERY much.

(Also, let that stupid quote plastered over Pretty Shield’s faceChristian leaders, stand on our soil and claim: “gay marriage” has never occurred here. Over 130 tribes in every region of North America blah blah BLAH” that’s not actually attributed to anyone DIE. STOP USING IT. IT IS DISRESPECTFUL. Look, it’s me and my big brother’s shirt we wore one day to rep instead. PHEW, that’s SO MUCH BETTER.)

Open Access Articles/Resources

Buy | Find in library | Access through university/college databases

  • Wilson, Alex. “N’Tacimowin Innah Nah’: Our Coming In Stories”
  • Wilson, Alex. “How we find ourselves: Identity development and two-spirit people”
  • Wilson, Alex. “Two-spirit identity”.
  • Gregory Scofield. “You Can Always Count on an Anthropologist (To Set You Straight, Crooked or Somewhere In-Between)” in Me Sexy: An Exploration of Native Sex and Sexuality.
  • Queer Indigenous Studies: Critical Interventions in Theory, Politics and Literature. Eds. Qwo-Li Driskill, Chris Finley, Brian Joseph Gilley, and Scott Lauria Morgensen
  • Driskill, Qwo-Li . “Doubleweaving Two-Spirit Critiques: Building Alliances between Native and Queer

This is by no means meant to be exhaustive. My fellow 2S folks, please add more that you know written by-and-for us!

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