As I now speak 2 European languages fluently (and another 3 un-fluently), I aim to prove that, where European languages have room for 2 genders only, Native languages have room for many. This, I submit, is the source of the violence against women, and Aboriginal women most especially, by men, and heterosexual men only -- the 2-gender system does NOT work; one gender has way too much power over the other; we need to explore other models. And the key just might be contained in the very architecture of Aboriginal languages, an "architecture" where there is no gender, one where we are all, to one degree or another depending on who we are, both male and female. And one where God is neither male nor female. Or is both.
Tomson Highway is Cree playwright, novelist and musician from Barren Lands First Nation, Brochet, Manitoba.