Gene Otto – Generational Effects

“People didn’t have books to say, ‘I’m okay.’”

I think of now. My Lord! Every time I turn around, you see [transgendered people] out in public more and more. People understand, “Oh, that’s not a foreign concept.” But in those days we didn’t really have that two-spirit world. People didn’t have books to say, “I’m okay. My grandmother said in the history of the tribe . . .” They didn’t do that. They didn’t talk about it. Other people didn’t understand the cross culture that Sonya [the owner of Sonya’s Majic Inn] was trying to live in.

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Sources: Interview with Susan Williams on 3 December 2006, held at the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture; interview with Laura S. Hodgman on 27 November 2012.