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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.

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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!!

BECAUSE INDIGENOUS, BROWN, AND BLACK COMMUNITIES ARE RECLAIMING THE RACIST HISTORY OF PRIDE. BECAUSE WESTERN SEXUALITY IS BULLSHIT AND THE GRADIENTS OF SEXUALITY AND GENDER WERE BRUTALIZED AND SILENCED BECAUSE OF HOMOPHOBIC AND TRANSPHOBIC COLONIZERS. BECAUSE THE GRADIENTS OF SEXUALITY, GENDER, AND IDENTITY PREDATES EUROPEAN GENOCIDE AND THE COLONIZATION OF THE WEST.

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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.

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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.

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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

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.

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My name is Maleek Saint (using a different name for safety reasons). I am an afro indigenous queer non binary femme who is currently struggling with basic needs. I am asking if people would be kind enough to donate anything to me and when I mean anything, anything means the world to me. I do currently have a space to sleep, but only have 20$ left on me and am struggling finding employment. I have been to over 10+ interviews and have filled out that many applications as well and have been denied due to lack of work experience or not meeting criteria, I will continue to my work search. I am in this situation because of abandonment from my parents and living on my own/finding my own way around life by myself has been extremely difficult. Please help, even if that is just reblogging or donating $0.50, anything is appreciated. I am trying my best to get out of this and hope to find work. Thank you for taking your time to read this and even demonstrate any sort of concern/caring loving character. I love you all. <3 below is my donation info: 

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