I chose the article “The Zuni Man-Woman” by Will Roscoe. The idea of the Zuni lhamana as a third and even a fourth gender resists the Western notion that gender should be ascribed solely based on biological sex. In this day and age that is just beginning to re-examine gender as a spectrum, I thought it was important to reflect on cultures that have uplifted and honored these non-binary identities long before the modern Western concept of gender.

Gender and Its Role in Zuni Society

2017, digital print from drawing, 12” x 24”

  • Mister Loki is a pediatric oncology nurse by night and a queer comic artist by day. His work focuses on increasing racial and queer diversity in comics, particularly in fantasy and historical genre. He has two books out entitled “If There Be Magic,” a compilation of short comics in the fantasy genre and “Those Spaces Between,” a compilation of short comics uplifting the genderqueer identity. You can learn more about him and read his work at www.misterloki.com.

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