13.5″ of length on each side (not tieable) total of 26″ of lanyard center of medallion is a patch, medallion is 3.5×3.5″ this doesn’t untie but fits over your head.
These pieces were inspired because so many people get misgendered even in affirming spaces, I hope these will help others be able to better respect you.
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.
It used to be that we would hide our Native blood. Now we hide our love and who we truly are. Should this be so? Our societies used to view each person as a life and that all life is sacred and has purpose, with this items purchase you are supporting not only an LGBT native but also a portion of the sale will be donated to various two spirit societies and activities.