National Indigenous People’s Heritage Month
November is National Indigenous People’s Heritage Month. NTBA honors the rich and diverse cultures, traditions, languages, knowledge, strength and resilience of indigenous tribes throughout the nation.
We are here for and honor Two-Spirit peoples who have traditionally held sacred space in their tribes and existed outside of what we now understand as traditional binaries. Two-Spirit peoples are very important spiritual leaders in quite a number of tribes.
Most Indigenous communities have specific terms in their own languages for the gender-variant members of their communities and the social and spiritual roles these individuals fulfill; with over 500 surviving Native American cultures, attitudes about sex and gender can be very diverse. Even with the modern adoption of pan-Indian terms like Two-Spirit, not all cultures will perceive two-spirit people the same way, or welcome a pan-Indian term to replace the terms already in use by their cultures. Two-Spirit | Health Resources (ihs.gov)