By Hiya Swanhuyser
Hold yourself again while we introduce you to We'wha, a Zuni Indian lhamana who lived in New Mexico about two hundred years ago. She was very famous and kept white anthropologists in a froth; she was known for her intelligence, she was introduced to President Grover Cleveland in 1886, and she was eventually the subject of a book called The Zuni Man-Woman. Basically, We'wha's life story supports the idea that a lot of ancient cultures were totally down with mixed-gender, or "two-spirit," people.
Comment: For more on Indians and LGBT issues, see Four Genders in Navajo Culture and Two Spirits Documentary on PBS.