As a child, We’wha ran the fastest, and was the strongest and most intelligent. He become an honored member of the tribe. While growing up, We’wha received male religious education from tribal elders and acquired women’s vocational skills from female relatives. These skills included cooking, gathering wood, preparing corn and carrying water, along with the artists’ disciplines of weaving and pottery.
Because he possessed the strength and body of a man and could do twice the work, We’wha was considered vital during times when females had to cease their labors to bear children.
At puberty, an elaborate ceremony was held in which We’Wha was officially brought into the inner circle of women of the tribe. After that, We’wha always dressed as a woman. No doubt, she was a revered member of the Zuni tribe.
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