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Two Spirits

Third and Fourth Genders in Native America


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Two Spirits in History—Hastíín Klah (1867-1937)
Hastiin Klah

Hastíín Klah (Navajo), 1934.

As a nádleehí, or "changing one," Hastíín Klah was an expert healer (a male role) and a weaver (a female art). In the 1920s, he combined these skills to produce large tapestries with religious designs, transforming Navajo weaving from a craft to a fine art. He is remembered today as a co-founder of the Wheelwright Musuem of the American Indian in Santa Fe.