Term among aboriginal tribes of Greenland used to denote specially selected male children raised as females from infancy, eventually becoming the wife of a chief or tribal elder. This practice of cross-gender child rearing is also common among the Alaskan Koniag as well as various South American tribal groups. Perhaps most interestingly, these people were not seen as "feminized men," but as members of a third sex, indicating, at least to me, a very transient view of the meaning of gender.