I have known for a very long time about the tradition of gender-variant shaman among Native American peoples primarily in North America, and recently I felt moved to research further. This poem is the fruit of my research and prayer. I dedicate it to my dear friend Jim, the extroverted mystic, who gave this gift at the hardest of times to a church which could not receive it.
As unlikely as it sounds, the idea germinated from a word challenge to create a post around the word “violet.”
http://suellewellyn2011.wordpress.com/2014/02/12/a-word-a-week-photograph-challenge-violet/posted the challenge.
photo credit: ID 8136471 © Njnightsky | Dreamstime.com
An Outstanding TED TALK about gender variance:
Two Spirit: The Story of a Movement Unfolds – Native Peoples – May-June 2014 – Native Peoples