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Unformatted text preview: 9-14-06 Third Gender Categories (chapters 4, 5, 6)Family and Economic Roles of Two-SpiritsA persons identity is closely tied to secular and sacred work roles they perform. Two-spirits take on work associated with women, thought they may combine work of both men and women. -division of labor existed between men and women, but boundaries not rigid-relative equality of prestige accorded to those who excelled in their work (i.e., womens work not devalued in comparison with mens work)-status of two-spirit directly related to status of women. If mens status was much higher then womens, it would be more costly and difficult to give that up to take on womens tasks. But in many Native American societies, mens and womens tasks were more equally valued.Two-spirits seen as more productive that women at womens work, because they dont have to take time for menstruation, pregnancy, nursing, etc.dont have to take time for menstruation, pregnancy, nursing, etc....
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This note was uploaded on 04/20/2008 for the course ISS 215 taught by Professor Lang during the Fall '06 term at Michigan State University.
- Fall '06