A life dedicated, from birth, to bridging divides…
That's We'wha's story.
Born in New Mexico in 1849, a member of the A:Shiwi (or “Zuñi”) tribe of North America, We’wha (WAY-wah) has gone down in history as one of the most famous Zuñi lhamana (LHA-mana), or “Two-Spirits,” – individuals who occupy a distinct, third gender whose role in their community went beyond understood white American social conventions of the time. Anthropologist Matilda Stevenson, who spent her professional life studying North American women and families, used feminine pronouns to describe We'wha, claiming she "could never think of her faithful and devoted friend in any other light."
And it's true...Read More
On Saturday, August 12, 2017, I boarded a Boeing 787 – the Dreamliner –bound for the USA. When I arrived, my phone flashed the horrible headlines: a young woman, known by her friends as a passionate advocate for the disenfranchised, had died at the hands of another. This was no dream. Neither was it an accident.Read More