The Sacred Souls: Exploring Two-Spiritedness in Beverly Little Thunder’s One Bead at a Time: A Memoir
Conventionally, numerous Native cultures has recognized and approved larger divergence in how individuals manifested gender identification, which is in opposition with the Western belief of complying with a rigid binary conceptualization of gender. The term ‘Two-Spirit’ has been used in association with the historical foundations of gender and sexual diversity in North American Native communities as well as to partake in discourses about the connections between gender, sexuality, spirituality, social and ceremonial roles. The work One Bead at a Time: A Memoir by Beverly Little Thunder is an embodiment of the continuing conflict of the gender variant people amidst multiple forms of divergence. The work bestows awareness that the spiritual, physical, emotional and intellectual part of human beings is equally significant and interconnected. The present paper highlights how in the Native American culture sex/gender ideologies are experienced as identities that are relatively incomprehensible to people in different cultures. The paper further affirms that there is no singular accurate or superior method to organize sex/gender categories or to evaluate sex/gender nonconformity.