Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Nation

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Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Nation

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Comment by TG on December 28th, 2010 at 2:27 pm

Once a person has established their sex and/or gender as something other than what they were assigned, the protocol is to refer to them in a way which reflect this, such as a change in pronouns. In the case of Kaúxuma, who said he had been transformed into a man by whites, using “she” is a sign of blatant — if not flagrant — appropriation and disrespect.

The article should respectfully read:

“He continued to act as a shaman and prophet, predicting large numbers of white people coming to the area and bringing diseases. He was killed by Blackfeet while acting as a mediator between them and the Salish (Waldman 2008).”

Comment by Jennifer Tanabe on December 29th, 2010 at 10:32 am

Thank you for your comment. Your point about referring to persons whose gender has been re-assigned using the appropriate pronoun is well taken and the text of the article will be revised to reflect this. However, your suggestion to change the pronoun in the passage referring to Waldman’s text is inappropriate since Waldman continued to refer to Kaúxuma as “she” in his writing despite noting that “she had been transformed into a male.”

Again, thank you for your feedback which helps to make New World Encyclopedia an increasingly valuable resource.

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