Sifters Native American Women's Lives

ISBN-10: 0195130812

ISBN-13: 9780195130812

Edition: 2001

Authors: Theda Perdue

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In this edited volume, Theda Perdue, a nationally known expert on Indian history and southern women's history, offers a rich collection of biographical essays on Native American women. From Pocahontas, a Powhatan woman of the seventeenth century, to Ada Deer, the Menominee woman who headed the Bureau of Indian Affairs in the 1990s, the essays span four centuries. Each one recounts the experiences of women from vastly different cultural traditions--the hunting and gathering of Kumeyaay culture of Delfina Cuero, the pueblo society of San Ildefonso potter Maria Martinez, and the powerful matrilineal kinship system of Molly Brant's Mohawks. Contributors focus on the ways in which different women have fashioned lives that remain firmly rooted in their identity as Native women. Perdue's introductory essay ties together the themes running through the biographical sketches, including the cultural factors that have shaped the lives of Native women, particularly economic contributions, kinship, and belief, and the ways in which historical events, especially in United States Indian policy, have engendered change.
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Book details

List price: $47.95
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 3/29/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Theda Perdue is professor of history at the University of North Carolina and author of Cherokee Women.Michael D. Green is professor of American studies at the University of North Carolina and author of The Creeks.

Preface
Contributors
Sifters
Introduction
Notes
The Hostage Who Became Famous
Notes
Creating a New World
Notes
From Clan Mother to Loyalist Chief
Notes
The Making of a Myth
Notes
Cherokee Convert to Christianity
Notes
An Apache Woman Warrior
Notes
Gender and Cultural Mediation
Notes
For the Indian Cause
Notes
The Artful Activism of a Penobscot Performer
Notes
Crafting a Life, Transforming a Community
Notes
A Modern "Mother of the Nation"
Notes
A Native Woman's Life in the Borderlands
Notes
An American Indian Activist
Notes
Champion of Tribal Sovereignty
Notes
Further Reading: In Anthropology, History, and Literature
Index
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