Across space and time

Gender is a social construct based on cultural context that aims to define who people are and how they should act, largely based on biological sex. The construction of gender has evolved over time, and this is especially true for Native Americans, who have been subject to imposition of Western European social and cultural norms that significantly altered their conceptions of gender. This website offers a brief overview of conceptions of gender in various Native American societies in four specific time periods: pre-colonization, during the early colonial period, through the assimilation period of late settler colonialism, and today, as Native Americans try to reclaim the construction of gender.
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