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"We're reclaiming our place in the circle," Barrios says. "Until the two-spirit people are brought back into that circle, that circle is never going to be completely mended."
Blackfeet like Barrios talk proudly of two-spirit history and the stories passed down through the generations. One of the best-publicized examples comes from We-Wha, a cultural ambassador from the Zuni tribe. In 1886, We-Wha met President Grover Cleveland in Washington, D.C., and the 6-foot-tall male passed as a woman during his six-month stay. Newspapers dubbed him the "Indian Princess."
Journalist George Wharton James discussed We-Wha in a travelogue published in 1920: