13.5" of length on each side (not tieable) total of 26" of lanyard center of medallion is a patch, medallion is 3.5x3.5 this doesn't untie but fits over your head. The term "Two Spirit" is a newer term to describe an age old tradition. There are hundreds of terms for Two Spirits as it varies from nation to nation. In the old days (Before the arrival of the Europeans) many tribes not only accepted the LGBT members of their community but had distinct traditions and sacred ceremonies to honor us.The tribes faced genocides with the arrival of the settlers and religious interference. Marriage became defined as the union between a man and woman when we referred to it as the joining of two paths.
Historical photos and documentation and even traditional elvers have long verified these events did at one time take place. The two-spirit traditions were swept under the rug and hidden away at the same time that our children were being placed into boarding schools. Our grandmothers were torn from lodges and beaten, our grandfathers killed for praying in our traditional ways.
The old laws of bounties put on our heads for simply being born Native. Today our lodges are once again safe and legal, our ceremonies are not to be disturbed.... But our Two Spirits are still being beaten and killed. We are being oppressed and called second class citizens simply because we are born this way. We are facing a new enemy....
It used to be that we would hide our Native blood. Now we hide our love and who we truly are.
Last picture in this listing is a photo of the actual artist. TRIBAL AFFILIATION: Aniyunwiya Tsalagi (Cherokee). Your item comes with Certificate of Native American Made/Celtic Made Authenticity.Inedible meat is donated to zoos and local raptor rehab facilities. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Cultures & Ethnicities\Native American: US\1935-Now\Beads & Beadwork". The seller is "ashortmouse" and is located in this country: US. This item can be shipped to United States, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Wallis and Futuna, Gambia, Malaysia, Taiwan, Poland, Oman, Suriname, United Arab Emirates, Kenya, Argentina, Guinea-Bissau, Armenia, Uzbekistan, Bhutan, Senegal, Togo, Ireland, Qatar, Burundi, Netherlands, Slovakia, Slovenia, Equatorial Guinea, Thailand, Aruba, Sweden, Iceland, Macedonia, Belgium, Israel, Kuwait, Liechtenstein, Benin, Algeria, Antigua and Barbuda, Italy, Swaziland, Tanzania, Pakistan, Burkina Faso, Panama, Singapore, Kyrgyzstan, Switzerland, Djibouti, Chile, China, Mali, Botswana, Republic of Croatia, Cambodia, Indonesia, Portugal, Malta, Tajikistan, Vietnam, Cayman Islands, Paraguay, Saint Helena, Cyprus, Seychelles, Rwanda, Bangladesh, Australia, Austria, Sri Lanka, Gabon Republic, Zimbabwe, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Norway, Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast), Kiribati, Turkmenistan, Grenada, Greece, Haiti, Greenland, Yemen, Afghanistan, Montenegro, Mongolia, Nepal, Bahamas, Bahrain, United Kingdom, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Hungary, Angola, Western Samoa, France, Mozambique, Namibia, Peru, Denmark, Guatemala, Solomon Islands, Vatican City State, Sierra Leone, Nauru, Anguilla, El Salvador, Dominican Republic, Cameroon, Guyana, Azerbaijan Republic, Macau, Georgia, Tonga, San Marino, Eritrea, Saint Kitts-Nevis, Morocco, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Mauritania, Belize, Philippines, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Republic of the Congo, Colombia, Spain, Estonia, Bermuda, Montserrat, Zambia, South Korea, Vanuatu, Ecuador, Albania, Ethiopia, Monaco, Niger, Laos, Ghana, Cape Verde Islands, Moldova, Madagascar, Saint Pierre and Miquelon, Lebanon, Liberia, Bolivia, Maldives, Gibraltar, Hong Kong, Central African Republic, Lesotho, Nigeria, Mauritius, Saint Lucia, Jordan, Guinea, Canada, Turks and Caicos Islands, Chad, Andorra, Romania, Costa Rica, India, Mexico, Serbia, Kazakhstan, Saudi Arabia, Japan, Lithuania, Trinidad and Tobago, Malawi, Nicaragua, Finland, Tunisia, Luxembourg, Uganda, Brazil, Turkey, Germany, Egypt, Latvia, Jamaica, South Africa, Brunei Darussalam, Honduras.