Born in 1849 in what is today New Mexico, We'wha showed early traits of the Ihamana (now more commonly known by the pan-Indian name Two-Spirit), male-bodied persons who assumed social and ceremonial roles more commonly performed by women in Zuni culture. As an adult, We'wha rose to prominence as a spiritual leader, artist and cultural ambassador.

Featured Content

Learn about the remarkable life and accomplishments of We'wha in this article from the National Women's History Museum.



Brandman, Mariana. (2021, June). We'wha. National Women's History Museum. https://www.womenshistory.org/education-resources/biographies/wewha

Gender Identity Gender identity icon Our core sense of who we are as a man, a woman, a mixture of both, or neither.

Gender Expression Gender expression icon How we show up in the world through choices like clothing, hair style, mannerisms or tone of voice.

Attraction attraction icon How we feel toward others sexually, romantically and/or emotionally.

Biological Sex Biological sex icon Physical attributes such as reproductive organs and genitalia, chromosomes, genes and hormone levels.

Subscribe to our monthly newsletter to gather insights and real learnings

* indicates required
Privacy Policy *