Happy #LGBTQHistoryMonth! Let’s make sure it’s as #intersectional as possible. #Wewha

We’wha was an Indigenous lhamana (two-spirit person assigned male at birth, wore a mix of women’s and men’s clothing and performed tasks across the gender divide) of the Zuni Tribe from what is now New Mexico. When colonizers arrived, We'wha learned English and befriended and worked for them washing their clothes. We’wha was invited to be part of the Zuni delegation to Washington D.C. where they met President Grover Cleveland in 1886.

We'wha became a prominent cultural ambassador for Indigenous People, especially for the Zuni. When they returned to their village, conflict rose between the Zuni and the US government. We’wha and several Zuni leaders were ccused of witchcraft and imprisoned for a month. After being released, We’wha walked 40 miles back to the reservation and returned to their life as a weaver, potter, hunter and spiritual leader.


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