Cover

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Title Page, Copyright

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pp. i-vi

Contents

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pp. vii-viii

List of Illustrations

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pp. ix-x

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Acknowledgments

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pp. xi-xii

Wado to my family: partner Michael Floyd for his love and support. I couldn’t have finished this book without you. Gvgeyu, Usdi. Wado to my father Paul Driskill, who passed away before he could see this book. I miss you terribly...

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Introduction. Asegi Stories: Memories Between the Basket Walls

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pp. 3-20

I weave baskets. Mostly, I weave the double-wall baskets that are closely associated with Cherokees in Oklahoma, but I also weave our old Southeastern style of doublewoven rivercane baskets and coiled baskets.1 I’m not an expert weaver and still have a lot to learn: how to gather materials for weaving...

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1. Doubleweaving Two-Spirit Critiques: Building Alliances Between Native and Queer Studies

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pp. 21-38

The beginning of the twenty-first century is a time in which Indigenous Two-Spirit / LGBTQ people are asserting uniquely Nativecentered understandings of gender and sexuality as a means of critiquing colonialism, queerphobia, and misogyny within larger decolonial struggles, as well as the racism...

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2. The Queer Lady of Cofitachequi and Other Asegi Routes

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pp. 39-100

In order to begin to listen for the narrative wisps of Cherokee Two-Spirit people and Cherokees who had relationships with members of the same gender, we must understand that within dominant European worldviews all Cherokees were characterized as gender-nonconforming and sexually deviant. Early...

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3. Unweaving the Basket: Missionaries, Slavery, and the Regulation of Gender and Sexuality

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pp. 101-136

Within the context of over two hundred years of experience with numerous forms of settler violence, but unsuccessful colonization of Cherokee territory, by the time the British began to colonize the Southeast and establish trade and treaty relationships with...

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4. Beautiful as the Red Rainbow: Cherokee Two-Spirits Rebeautifying Erotic Memory

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pp. 137-153

Within “traditional” Cherokee love incantations, there exists a set of formulas to “rebeautify” oneself. “Rebeautification” is a subset of formulas to “remake” oneself. Jack Frederick and Anna Gritts Kilpatrick explain the concepts of “rebeautifying” and “remaking” within...

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5. ᎠᏎᎩ ᎠᏰᏟ (Asegi Ayetl): Cherokee Two-Spirit People Reimagining Nation

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pp. 154-165

In Cherokee, the word for “nation” is ᎠᏰᏟ (ayetl). ᎠᏰᏟ literally means “center,” the seventh direction in Cherokee cosmology. Unlike dominant European views of the world, which understand only four fixed, flat directions, Cherokee traditions understand the world as multifaceted and in motion. “Center” is neither...

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Epilogue. Doubleweave: An Asegi Manifesto

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pp. 166-170

To finish weaving a double-wall basket, you must carefully bring together the numerous splints from all four sides and weave them into each other at the bottom of the basket. This book is a basket woven from splints that, I hope, can carry imagination about our work as Two-Spirit people into our decolonized...

Notes

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pp. 171-194

Works Cited

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pp. 195-206

Index

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pp. 207-210

About the Author

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p. 211