queer indigenous

Juchitán is a colonial town that predates the Spanish conquest. Home to the indigenous culture of the Zapotec, a third gender known as muxe (MOO-shey) – said to derive from “mujer,” the word for “woman” in Spanish – has long flourished here. The muxe gender encompasses a range of identities that are between the male-female binary. While a muxe would have different labels to choose from in the U.S. – “trans woman,” “gay man,” “genderqueer” – “muxe” spans all identities between male and female here. The term is unique to the Zapotec.

Stemming from pre-Columbian societies that had “mixed-genders” outside of male and female, the muxes are analogous to other “two-spirit” identities in indigenous populations of North America. Muxes traditionally have the freedom to dress in women’s clothing, wear cosmetics and grow their hair long. They can be seen wearing the traditional Tehuana costume of the region, a two-part gown made up of a huipil – a shirt with colorful embroidery – and a long skirt that usually matches the top. Called muxes vestidas – “dressed muxes” – they participate in more traditional female gender roles, such as working as seamstresses, than do muxes pintadas – “painted muxes” – who dress in men’s clothes, but still pluck their eyebrows and wear cosmetics.

When asked why a third gender is accepted in Juchitán, the townspeople invariably point to “the matriarchy” of Oaxacan households – women handle the finances of the family, since they’re the ones who work as vendors in the marketplace, giving them more of an equal standing with men than elsewhere in the countryside. Many mothers would sooner force an unaccepting husband to leave the house than kick out a muxe child.

Location: Juchitán, Oaxaca, Mexico

Photographer: Shaul Schwarz

queer indigenous girl is a zine by and for queer, trans, 2-spirit, non-binary, disabled, neurodivergent, chronically ill black, indigenous, people of color.

QIG is now accepting submissions for issue 4 including art, poetry, photography, comics, short essays & fiction, etc.

QIG is a half-page zine; submissions should be 5.5x8.5, JPEG and no more than 2 pages per submission. Please include a short bio with pronouns and any social media links if wanted.

Submit to mysterygirl-moongirl.tumblr.com/submit. Deadline is Friday, March 10, 2017.

Does anyone have any recommendations for awesome books/articles by Two Spirit / Queer Indigenous authors/scholars/performance artists?

I’m preparing my senior art project for this upcoming school year so any recommendations would be great!!

While I would love them to mostly be related to the performing arts, any kind of two spirit-related articles/books/etc would work

I would prefer full-text articles if they are accessible online. Links to videos of performances/poetry/etc or even connecting me to some amazing artist would help a lot as well!

Help a two spirit artist out <3 

If you could also reblog to help get the word out, that would be just as helpful! 

Chii MIigs!!


Emergency Funds Needed

I already posted about this but it got next to no notes so here’s another go.

I’m a disabled poc trans youth who ran away from a violent abusive home last October. Because I refused foster care due to the high rate of assault with trans and poc kids in the area, and because the government (illegally) refuses to transfer my custody to have me be a youth in care I have to live off of 600 dollars in one of the most expensive cities in the world.

I have signs of gingivitis all along the right side of my jaw and at least three cavities. I have to keep from crying out in pain every time I chew and my gums are swollen and bleeding. It’s been getting worse for almost a month now.

Welfare doesn’t cover dental in BC, and I really really have no money to spend unless I want to sleep on the street and not eat for a month.

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Queer Indigenous Girl shop has 9 zine titles including:
• queer indigenous girl 1, 2, 3 & 4
• An Art Zine Dedicated to Black/Indigenous Youth
• Black Indigenous Boy 1 & 2
• U'Uhig mini-zine
• Soaked in Cinnamon: A City Witch Finds Healing

I’m looking to carry zines by PoC so hit me up if you’d like to do so!

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“the black snake calls its dogs”

Painted in Oceti Sakowin and Peskeomskut 

Gouache on arches paper

by: beyon wren moor

Spring 2017

colonizers lie through the teeth of their dogs

we turned water to prayer, breath freezing in clouds

we turned prayer to revolt, not for the first time


For My Brown Girls (FREE Download)

This quarter page zine (38 pages) is filled with images and text for brown girls, indigenous girls who are trans girls, non-binary girls, queer girls, lesbian girls, pan girls, ace girls, 2-spirit, disabled girls, mentally or chronically ill girls, rez girls, city girls, adopted girls, foster girls to know you are not alone and embody much strength.

Tonantzin Soy Yo
[Artist: Nancy Cardenas]

NANCY CARDENAS, born in Guadalajara, moved at a young age to San Diego with her family. She was born with Spina Bifida and has used a wheelchair for most of her life. She has an Art degree from SDSU and is currently working on her Masters in Chicanx Studies. She hopes to inspire & empower disabled brown women through art & activism.

Featured in queer indigenous girl issue 4, available to read for free at issuu.com/queerindigenousgirl.


High resolution posters of two Indigenous Queers taken during the Long Walk/forced removal/ relocation of the Diné to an internment camp located near Bosque Redondo, New Mexico in 1866. As with all our posters, feel liberated to print out and wheatpaste at will!

The photograph shows two Diné Nádleehí (translation: “the one is changing”), which is the equivalent to Indigenous Queer identity in contemporary culture. It is accompanied by text that challenges Western perspectives on homosexuality by asking the viewer to imagine the pre-“history” of terms and issues that have become relevant to contemporary Queer culture. In this case, it inserts an Indigenous narrative prior to genocide, colonization, health epidemics, and forced assimilation to Western notions that include but are not limited to gender, sexuality, sexual orientation, same-sex marriage, queer history, and romanticization of nature and masculinity/male identity.

Survivance &


I’d love to attend the Bay Area Queer Zine Fest next month as I was accepted to table zines but cannot do it w/o funds. I do not have an income as I’m unemployed & disabled and depend solely on what I make selling zines which isn’t much. If you can help in anyway by donating, becoming a monthly patron &/or buying zines from my shop, it’s much appreciated! Sape. 💓

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What: Bay Area Queer Zine Fest @baqzf
When: Saturday June 17
Where: Oakland
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[image description: the cover of the zine queer indigenous girl issue 4: liberation, a collage depicting a black indigenous woman seated with her left hand palm open resting gently on top of a black indigenous boy’s head. Next to the boy are four O'Otham people. On the lower left is text from the poet ire'ne lara silva’s poem we call ourselves back. The text reads: we have walked through fire through burning infernos we have wept we have suffered we call ourselves back we have survived we have become stronger we call ourselves back we have not lost any part of ourselves we are not diminished we call ourselves back we are whole.]

Look at it. It’s just so beautiful. I cry. 😭
It’s now on pre-sale in my shop so help support and go buy it! Sape. Link in bio. ✊🏾✨💖

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.