SUMMARY FOR INDIGENOUS SEXUALITIES

Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun, Unceded Territories (Museum of Anthropology in University of British Columbia)

In this module we explored some of the ways Indigenous scholars are responding to the history of sexual colonization and several strategies for sexual decolonization. These have ranged from resisting the Christian and settler colonial mandating of exclusively monogamous sexual relations to the reclaiming of a pansexuality or an erotic relationship to the natural world. In this module we have also learned about the concept of Two Spiritedness and the history out of which it emerged.

Test Yourself

Challenges

Indigenous Sexualities
CHALLENGE ONE

CHALLENGE ONE: For this Challenge, write a response to the first set of prompts and questions that were posed with respect to Melissa Nelson’s “Getting Dirty” on the Assigned Resources page:

As you read the stories Nelson recounts from Indigenous oral literatures, in which women are in erotic relationships with everything from stars to sticks to beavers and bears, consider how these scenarios are different from the “zoosexual” and “bestiality” relations described in module 9. Why do the ethical and political worries raised about such relationships in module 9 not resonate with the stories Nelson recounts? What differences are making a difference?

Your response to these prompts and questions should be between 500 – 750 words and should show familiarity with the themes and topics in both module 12 and module 9. Share your response in the Challenge Sharing Forum by Friday at noon.

Indigenous Sexualities CHALLENGE TWO

CHALLENGE TWO: For this Challenge, write a response to the second set of prompts and questions that were posed with respect to Melissa Nelson’s “Getting Dirty” on the Assigned Resources page:

Thinking back to modules 2 and 5, why do you think Nelson might prefer the term “Indigenous eco-erotics” to “Indigenous eco-sexualities”? How might Nelson be understanding erotics to be different from sexualities, and why might the relationships between Indigenous women and beavers, bears, stars and sticks be better described as “erotics” rather than as “sexualities”?

Your response to these prompts and questions should be between 500 – 750 words and should show familiarity with the themes and topics in module 12 and either module 2 or 5 – or, if you like, you may draw on all three modules in crafting your response. Share your response in the Challenge Sharing Forum by Friday at noon.