Here is a little Cherokee / queer / asegi / 2 spirit related thread for pride month. I want to say something about the liminal spaces that we occupy, in which we thrive, as Indigiqueer people. (I'm a literary scholar by training, and this is my own interpretation.)
In the Cherokee creation story all the animals are on an island surrounded by water. The are running out of room, so the animals hold a council and decide that some will try to dive to the bottom of the water to find land.
Many do this, but they all fail to find the land at the bottom of the ocean. They are getting scared. But then one of the smallest, unassuming creatures, Dayunisi, the Water Beetle, volunteers.
Dayunisi dives to the bottom of the water and manages to come back up with a tiny bit of land that grows into the earth, and in this way all the animals are saved--this is how the earth came to be.
My point: Water beetle, Dayunisi, is a liminal figure. They can walk on water, can dive and return to the earth, they are resilient and perhaps unassuming. But also brave, and generous. So, while there are many ways to interpret this story, one thing I take from it is this:
Our story of creation teaches us how shifting from one form to another enables the act of creation itself. And this is embodied not by ostentation, but dexterity. Because Dayunisi can exist in multiple realms we are able to live on Earth (Elohi).
And so with us, asegi, queer, 2S, the in-betweens and almosts, there is a sacred dexterity and agility of form, of being, that we have and which--this is crucial--the world needs to exist in the first place. So here is to you my dear queer Indigenous star kin.

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