It’s interesting how experiences or events that happened years ago come back into your life creating a better understanding of it. I had read The Spirit and the Flesh by Walter Williams years ago. The story was about the berdache culture on the reservation. I had heard about native culture having a third and fourth gender but I it wasn’t something that was talked about when I was growing up. The berdache story stayed with me all those years. When I heard about Hosteen Klah who was a great medicine man and weaver the story about the book came back into light and I had to read it again. Klah was known as a nádleeh (the name for a berache in Navajo). A nádleeh in Navajo culture is a very well respected person in the tribe that plays both male and female roles in society and they excel in whatever roles they take on in the tribe. Klah was a great medicine man who learned all the songs in record time and he was also one of the best rug weavers on the reservation. He was so talented his sandpainting design weavings had a museum (Wheelwright Museum in Santa Fe) was built to house his rugs. Stories about him and other berdaches has inspired me to incorporate weaving, stitching, ecoprinting and sandpainting sand into my work.