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Weaving New Worlds Southeastern Cherokee Women and Their Basketry

ISBN-10: 0807846503
ISBN-13: 9780807846506
Edition: 1997
Authors: Sarah H. Hill
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Description: In this innovative study, Sarah Hill illuminates the history of Southeastern Cherokee women by examining changes in their basketry. Based in tradition and made from locally gathered materials, baskets evoke the lives and landscapes of their makers.  More...

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Book details

List price: $35.95
Copyright year: 1997
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 6/30/1997
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 440
Size: 7.00" wide x 10.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 2.134
Language: English

In this innovative study, Sarah Hill illuminates the history of Southeastern Cherokee women by examining changes in their basketry. Based in tradition and made from locally gathered materials, baskets evoke the lives and landscapes of their makers. Indeed, asWeaving New Worldsreveals, the stories of Cherokee baskets and the women who weave them are intertwined and inseparable. Incorporating written, woven, and spoken records, Hill demonstrates that changes in Cherokee basketry signal important transformations in Cherokee culture. Over the course of three centuries, Cherokees developed four major basketry traditions, each based on a different materialrivercane, white oak, honeysuckle, and maple. Hill explores how the addition of each new material occurred in the context of lived experience, ecological processes, social conditions, economic circumstances, and historical eras. Incorporating insights from written sources, interviews with contemporary Cherokee weavers, and a close examination of the baskets themselves, she presents Cherokee women as shapers and subjects of change. Even in the face of cultural assault and environmental loss, she argues, Cherokee women have continued to take what they have to make what they need, literally and metaphorically weaving new worlds from old.

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