LGBT support necklace to show Native LGBT pride made by a Two-spirit Native American
Necklace length 16″ with buckskin ties
11cut seed beads and a few size 10 beads.
The term “Two Spirit” is a newer term to describe an age old tradition. There are hundreds of terms for Two Spirits as it varies from nation to nation. In the old days (Before the arrival of the Europeans) many tribes not only accepted the LGBT members of their community but had distinct traditions and sacred ceremonies to honor us. The tribes faced genocides with the arrival of the settlers and religious interference. Marriage became defined as the union between a man and woman when we referred to it as “the joining of two paths.” Historical photos and documentation and even traditional elvers have long verified these events did at one time take place.
The two-spirit traditions were swept under the rug and hidden away at the same time that our children were being placed into boarding schools. Our grandmothers were torn from lodges and beaten, our grandfathers killed for praying in our traditional ways. The old laws of bounties put on our heads for simply being born Native. Today our lodges are once again safe and legal, our ceremonies are not to be disturbed…. But our Two Spirits are still being beaten and killed. We are being oppressed and called second class citizens simply because we are born this way. We are facing a new enemy…. Hate.