The Navajo Culture’s Four Different Genders

“Last night PBS aired Two Spirits, the season finale of their Independent Lens series, which detailed the traditional Navajo belief that there we are living in a many-gendered world, one that includes many more sexes that just male and female.

Filmmaker Lydia Nibley seeks to explain the Navajo idea of the nádleehí, which translates in English to “one who constantly transforms.” Their culture, along with other Native American heritages, believe there’s at least four genders: male, female, male with a feminine essence, and female with a masculine essence.”

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Does anyone else constantly think about this PBS segment from about 1998 that came on during Arthur? Like, weekly? Because I do.

The male sage-grouse has some tricks!

To establish mating rights, the male birds strut about, puffing up yellow air sacs in their breasts and making a series of popping sounds to intimidate other males. For weeks, they practice their elaborate display and square off with other arriving males, battling to establish dominance and territory. Successful males then display for discriminating females and are allowed to mate only if chosen as the most suitable. The criteria are a mystery to all but the females, nearly all of which select only one or two males on the lek each year.

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Happy birthday, Mister Rogers, from all your friends at PBS!

In every animal’s life, there comes a time when it must stand on its own two feet, so to speak, and face the world alone. For a few, this happens just moments after birth, with no life lessons from parents to help them, no time to hone their survival skills. Others have the advantage of home schooling under the watchful eye of a mentor or family member. But growing up is never easy, and finding food, avoiding predators and making friends does not always come naturally. [x]