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For far more documents on Native Americans see Jonathan Katz: Gay American History, (1976), section IV

I. Alvar Nuñez Cabeza de Vaca (1542)

On Indians in Florida, where he was held captive from 1528-1533

During the time I was among them I saw something very repulsive, namely, a man married to another. Such are impotent and womanish beings, who dress like women and perform the office of women, but use the bow and carry big loads. Among these Indians we saw many of them; they are more robust than the other men, taller,and can bear heavy burdens.

From
The Journey of Alvar Nuñez Cabeza De Vaca (1542) Translated by Fanny Bandelier(1905)
Whole text online at http://www.pbs.org/weta/thewest/wpages/wpgs610/cabeza.htm





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