Hill's "Transvestites among the whites," 1943

Hill's anthropological study of Navaho humor includes a section on "Humor Based on the Unfamiliar Actions of Foreigners." Hill reports that the clothing of white people is a subject for comment:

Once during a ceremonial which was attended by an unusual number of tourists, one of the older [Navaho] men remarked, "There must be a great many more transvestites among the whites than among the Navaho because so many white women wear trousers.[1]


Jonathan Ned Katz, Gay American History: Lesbians and Gay Men in the U.S.A. (NY: Crowell, 1976) pg. 325.

  1. W. W. Hill, "... Navaho Humor," General Studies in Anthropology, no. 9 (Menasha, Wis.: George Banta Publishing, 1943), p. 12. Also see Nancy Oestreich Lurl, "Winnebago Berdache," American Anthropologist vol. 55 (1953), p. 708-12.