Sexuality and the Stories of Indigenous People
Since the beginning of time, sexuality has played a fundamental role in ensuring good health and well-being of people throughout the world.
Today, there is a growing understanding of the important role that sexuality plays in the lives of individuals and communities.
For indigenous people and for Maori, our understanding of our sexuality today is heavily influenced by the historical understandings passed down to us by our ancestors. Gradually, as we uncover the truth about what our ancestors believed and peel back the veneer of colonization, it is clear that the sexuality of indigenous peoples is vastly different from the dominant Western paradigm that has been applied around the world.
The stories in this book testify to the great diversity of Maori and indigenous sexuality today and provide inspiration for people who want to know more about sexuality and its role in our lives. The people in this book have overcome huge challenges related to their sexuality.
These stories will inspire and encourage you, and parts of them will sadden you. The truth that shines through in these stories, though, will confirm that sexuality continues to play a key role in the lives of indigenous people in the twenty-first century. As we decide for ourselves what sexuality means to us, we take control and determine the future for generations to come.
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