Not really surprising to me. Most Native Americans actually respected and revered their Two-Spirit people who walked in both male and female worlds — until the white Europeans arrived and brutally slaughtered most of them, and then brainwashed the survivors.
True, but that’s on the belief that homosexuality was a matter of being halfway to the opposite sex. Still, it was an issue that was treated with understanding rather than ostracising.
In passing (and apologies for going off at a tangent), I do wish the term ‘Native American’ were used.
Indians are from India, American Indians now refers as often as not to those Americans whose origins lie in the Subcontinent.
I can see what you’re saying, but if you’re going to do that you should go the whole hog…
American should technically be under the same Umbrella as European. People from Brazil live in America (South America) People in Canada live in America (North America).
What we call Americans are actually U.S.Aians :p
Yes, I know that “American” is used mainly to describe citizens of the USA just confuses matters further!
Just as no-one I know of says The United States when they’re referring to the United States of Brazil…
That confusion is why many people have adopted “North Americans” (USA/Canada) or “Amis” (USA) to refer to people from the US.
Thank you! In Which century is PinkNews writing? Hopefully we know the difference between South Asia and the Americas by now…
I agree with Rehan. Native Americans or First Nations or the name of their tribe/nation.
@Rehan: We also call our Native cousins First Nations peoples.
It certainly is pleasing to hear and see this.
Fact remains that if a Native American Tribe are fine with this why isn’t the rest of America?
Power, JST – I imagine most of the USA’s inhabitants, specially the evangelical types, are indifferent to what one small tribe of Native Americans thinks.
Yep, says it all though doesn’t it?!
Because America has a large fundamentalist christian population of course. Many of which have a lot of funding behind them for anti-equality legislation!
Native Americans were never that homophobic they held strong beliefs about respecting all people until we committed genocide!
good to hear they’ve still got there respect for other people.
Come now Hamish, many Native American tribes were unimaginably brutal in their conflicts with each other as well as with Europeans – most of them showed no respect whatever to the wounded or to captives, let alone the women and children of the vanquished.
‘most of them showed no respect whatever to the wounded or to captives’ To be fair they were getting kinda pissed at the whole stealing their land thing and England doesn’t have a great track record.
I meant in their wars with each other as well. Scalping, for example, wasn’t something that developed as a result of European invasion and, like the Imperial Japanese, they seemed not to understand the concept of mercy towards the conquered.
This ”their land” thing is silly. It wasn’t their land the moment a more powerful nation came in and took over… I’m not saying what the English, Spanish, French, Dutch etc did was right by any means. But that’s how history plays out…
I mean if you want to go for this ”their land” thing then we should be supporting fundamentalists who blow themselves up for Jerusalim… And we should probably start giving England back to the Vatican (The last remaining trace of the Roman Empire)…
No, I don’t go for this ”their land” thing. They treated people brutally, as have we in the past. Humans were all as bad as one another.
I quite agree, Nathan.
So true. I’ve always heard that Native Americans didn’t even believe in ownership of land. They were much more in tune with Nature and seemed to espouse the Gaia principle that the Earth itself is a living organism and the Mother of all living things. That’s why they had such respect for the environment and didn’t rape the natural world like the Europeans did after they arrived and began slaughtering all the buffaloes by stampeding them over cliffs — just for fun. The NA’s only killed as many as they needed to in order to survive. Gee, which society seems more enlightened to you?
I think the jury’s out on that nowadays, Will – apparently there’s quite a lot of evidence to indicate the prairies were to some extent created by Native American fire clearance, and some evidence to suggest wasteful bison slaughter by some tribes too.
Not, of course, that any of this should undermine the step forward that this one tribe has made in recognising gay relationships.
Reservative gay marriage…. Hahaha….
‘Reservative’? No such word. Hahaha.
Thought your said you were done with this site? Guess this shows how spineless you really are and you want to be creditable? Anything but I’d say!!
So glad to read of this, so heartbreaking to see/feel the bigotry many native americans show toward their two-spirit sisters and brothers, yet call themselves spiritual, and or leaders.So called “Tribal Elders” should hang their heads in shame, the oft quoted, “We are all related,” and “To all my relations”, lies flat on the ground. Things Gotta Change!!!!!!