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Demian DinéYazhi´
Man-Size (Revisited), 2010

Demian DinéYazhi’
Untitled (For We'Wha), 2014

We’Wha (1849-1896)
Zuni Lhamana

When Europeans arrived in North America they were shocked that native peoples often interpreted gender differently from them. Not only were many cultures matriarchal, a great many tribes accepted three genders instead of only two. 

Zuni Pueblo, in western New Mexico, honored three genders before the coming of protestant missionaries. Men who chose not to become hunters and warriors became lhamanas, members of the alternative gender that bridged the other two. While they were initiated into male religious societies, they became crafts specialists and wore female garb. They were nonwarriors who moved freely in the male and female worlds.

We-wha was a Zuni lhamana who helped bridge his culture and that of Anglo-Americans. He was one of the first Zunis to experiment with new economic activities, something essential in the changing world of his day. He was a cultural ambassador for Zuni, traveling to Washington, D.C., where no one guessed he was not a woman in the many months he mixed with "high society” there. He assisted Anglo scholars who came to record the ways of his people, but he also resisted Anglo incursions when they seemed improper – once even ending up in jail. 

He was a deeply spiritual person… His photograph hangs in the tribal museum today, and gay Native Americans throughout North America remember him as a spiritual hero and guide.“  // –Robert Lentz

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Make Native America Great Again, 2016.
By: Demian DinéYazhi’ & John Henry/Tracy Schlapp

Repurposed maps of “Indian Reservations” letterpress printed as part of an Alternative Identities workshop for LGBTQ youth hosted at the Portland Art Museum. It was a pleasure engaging with youth in a city and space that encourages them to make strides toward self-representation while bringing physical and mental awareness of place in this colonized landscape. A special thank you goes out to Sharita Towne and our Reed volunteers who brought the extra love and support we needed.


Demian DinéYazhi’
Untitled (For Andrea Smith), 2012

Letterpress print on Stonehenge paper / white / 250 gsm
The text was hand-set in Futura Condensed / 36 pt.

High resolution 12″ x 18″ poster of an Apsaalooke’ woman photographed by Cree photographer Richard Throssel in the early 1900s. As with all our posters, feel liberated to print out and wheatpaste at will!

R.I.S.E.:
Radical
Indigenous
Survivance &
Empowerment

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Demian Dine’ Yazhi’
Untitled (Manhattan, UT), 2013
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CALL FOR ENTRIES #QTPOCzine

We are looking for all types of media for an upcoming zine that challenges the current stasis in the queer community. We are very interested in all spectrums of sexuality and visual 2-D media, so please feel free to submit poetry/prose, sketchbook scans, text pieces, short stories, essays, opinion pieces, reviews (art, music, film, books, theory, etc), experimental writing, concrete poetry, photographs, digital images, documentation, visual pieces, etc. If you’re dying to call out the whiteness of radical queer culture, share some trans poetry or artwork, or tackle the prison industrial complex, then this is your space to do so. This is a demo zine and will be printed on tan paper with black ink. You will be compensated for your work and the turn around is pretty dang soon.

Deadline: December 16th, 2015.
Email entries + questions to: demian.dineyazhi@gmail.com

Introducing a forthcoming Queer zine dedicated to art, culture, literature, critique, & resurgence. Because the contemporary gay rights movement is not enough. Because queer cultural representations are often dominated by Western perspectives that have been anglicized & propogated through centuries of colonization, political & religious persecution, & societal pressures to exert gendered traits in stereotypical/easily identifiable manners. Because radical queer politics are not enough. Because homosexuality is a Western construct that does not need to impose its values on other countries or communities. Because we understand that cultural diversity begets ®evoltion. Because we come from diverse cultural backgrounds/traditions. Because we are divisive & our aspirations have led us to create & survive. Because we come home from queer parties feeling even more alienated & alone. Because we were not exposed to positive role models. Because we are struggling with negative forces & want to learn to love ourselves. Because we are artists, activists, visionaries, allies, & alive. Because we wish to learn more about HIV/AIDS, Trans Politics, and Indigenous Queer cultures in order to feel informed & empowered so we can dismantle stigma, patriarchy, & colonization/genocide. Because we grew up in small towns. Because all we know is urban decay. Because we want to rewrite the future. Because we are not doing enough to understand one another. Because the internet will never be big enough to contain our dreams, desires, identities, & realities.

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