Spirited First Nations play cause for celebration
Long ago, in the history of the Anishnaabe First Nation, when a boy was born who danced "in the way of a woman," he was raised as an agokwe (ag oo-kway), meaning "wise woman" or "Two-Spirited." He was deemed special and was ranked in status along with medicine men. Each of the First Nations had a word for this phenomenon--a boy who had within him both "the spirit of a man and the spirit of a woman--fire and ice."
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