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Independent Lens | Two Spirits | Gender as a Spectrum, Not a Divide | PBS

Duration: 02:24
Program: Independent Lens #1225
Broadcast Date: Jun. 14, 2011

Navajo traditions emphasize the balance between the feminine and masculine.

In traditional Navajo culture, there are 4 genders which include the nadleehi and dilbaa -- persons born, respectively, as males or females, but who fulfill the roles of the other in adulthood. In this excerpt from the film, a more fluid way of describing gender is considered.

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Post Date: May 4, 2011