My theme this year is blogging about my author brand. Saturdays' posts are on Lenni-Lenape culture or Native American interests.
People Not Boxes
One of the translation issues between the early European colonizers and the Algonquian-speaking people was that the Europeans only recognized men and women. They had some very strict ideas about who fit into which box, and were certain those were the only two boxes. In fact, anyone whose existence disproved that was killed horribly.
Skipping from 1620 to 2020 -- after about 400 years, some parts of society are coming around to the idea that those first Native American people they encountered were on to something. Science is showing that chromosomes aren't the determiners that some people believe. Stories of doctors altering genitals of newborns, often without the consent or knowledge of the parents, are coming to light. Plus, surgery has caught up with ways to help people who wish to get "outsides that match the feelings inside." Trans and gender-fluid were concepts with different positive words over 400 years ago, and that's finally making a comeback.
It's more than that though. There were Lenni-Lenape women who were hunters and fishers. There were men who tended crops and raise children. Recorded history erased many of this. But stories handed down (a forbidden practice until the last century) tell tales of such equality. People did what they were best at, what they were passionate about, in order to strengthen the community. They did not dictate ways of life by the method as the colonizers.
To those who say America is adopting a new way of thinking, I counter with the reality that actually it's a very old way of existing that's finally coming back.
And now a word from science and history: