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LGBTQ Agenda: Historian looks at queer Native history in Two-Spirit book

If anything describes what the discerning historian encounters on a day-to-day basis, it might be this quote from Gregory Smithers' |new book>, "Reclaiming Two-Spirits: Sexuality, Spiritual Renewal & Sovereignty in Native America." "History is not a listing of facts," Smithers writes, quoting Catawba Nation queer artist and researcher DeLesslin George-Warren. "It's a mythology with citations."Smithers' book, published in April by Beacon Press, contains a great many citations and tackles that mythology head-on, as it relates to the roles of Two-Spirit persons in the histories of the Indigenous peoples of the Americas.

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