In this episode, Anne Marie talks to Gregory Smithers about his new book, Reclaiming Two-Spirits: Sexuality, Spiritual Renewal & Sovereignty in Native America. Two Spirits is a sweeping history of Indigenous traditions of gender, sexuality, and resistance that reveals how, despite centuries of colonialism, Two-Spirit people are reclaiming their place in Native nations.
Gregory Smithers is a professor of American history and Eminent Scholar (2019-2024) in the College of Humanities and Sciences at Virginia Commonwealth University. He received his Ph.D. in History from the University of California, Davis, and has taught in California, Hawaii, Scotland, and Ohio. Smithers is currently a British Academy Global Professor, based in the Treatied Spaces research cluster at the University of Hull.
His research and writing focus on the histories of Indigenous people and African Americans from the eighteenth century to the present. Smithers is particularly interested in the rich history of the Cherokee people, Indigenous history from the Mountain South to California and the Southwest Pacific, and environmental history. His work is devoted to narrating the past in ways that are publicly accessible and connect with issues of social justice, environmental sustainability, and racial and gender equity.
Gregory D Smithers: Website: https://www.gregorysmithers.com
Reclaiming Two Spirits: Sexuality, Spiritual Renewal & Sovereignty in Native America: Penguin Random House
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VCU: Faculty Page
Two Spirits, Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Two-spirit
Randy Burns: https://www.ebar.com/news///245430
Barbara May Cameron: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barbara_May_Cameron
Two Spirits: https://www.pbs.org/independentlens/documentaries/two-spirits/
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