Osh-Tisch

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Osh-Tisch (which means "Finds Them and Kills Them" in Crow)[1][2] was Crow badé. A badé (also spelled baté) was a biological male who lived as a woman (similar to the modern concept of a trans woman).

In the late 1890s, an American agent named Briskow jailed Osh-Tisch and the other badés, and forced them to get masculine haircuts, wear masculine clothing, and perform manual labor. The Crow, who esteemed the badés, were outraged, saying it went against their nature.[3] Chief Pretty Eagle used what power he had to compel the agent to resign and leave tribal lands.[2][4] Describing the incident in 1982, Joe Medicine Crow, who had known Osh-Tisch as a child, said "It was a tragedy, trying to change them. Briskow was crazy."[4]

Nonetheless, Osh-Tisch was one of the last badés of the Crow Nation, and the institution of the badé went into decline.[5]

Pretty Shield reported that Osh-Tisch fought in the Battle of the Rosebud.[6]

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  1. ^ Also spelled Ohchiish; from óhchikaapi "find".
  2. ^ a b Will Roscoe (2000). Changing Ones: Third and Fourth Genders in Native North America. Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 25, 35. ISBN 0-312-22479-6. 
  3. ^ The Crow Indians (1983, ISBN 0803279094)
  4. ^ a b Walter L. Williams, The Spirit and the Flesh: Sexual Diversity in American Indian Culture (ISBN 0807046159)
  5. ^ Sabine Lang (1998). Men as women, women as men: changing gender in Native American cultures. University of Texas Press. p. 117. ISBN 0-292-74701-2. 
  6. ^ Pretty-shield: Medicine Woman of the Crows (Second Edition)