We’wha: The Life & Times of a Traditional Zuni Two-Spirit      

We’wha weaving cloth (circa 1890). Photo: National Archives and Records Administration.
Thursday, February 15   
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
The GLBT History Museum
4127 18th St., San Francisco

Admission: $5.00  |  Free for members

In this illustrated talk, historian Will Roscoe will share the story of We’wha (1849-1896), a Zuni two-spirit who was a potter, weaver, and leader of ceremonial activities for the tribe.

Two-spirits in American Indian societies traditionally combined male and female roles and were recognized as belonging to a third gender. Perhaps the most celebrated of all two-spirits, We’wha even met United States President Grover Cleveland — and is one of the individuals recognized on the Rainbow Honor Walk in San Francisco’s Castro District.

Roscoe is the author of The Zuni-Man Woman (1991) and editor of Living the Spirit: A Gay American Indian Anthology (1988). The talk is co-sponsored by Bay Area American Indian Two Spirits (BAAIT), and representatives of the group will introduce the program.