Sifters: Native American Women's Lives / Edition 1

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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.

About the Author:
Theda Perdue is Professor of History at the University of North Carolina. She is the author of Cherokee Women: Gender and Culture Change, 1700-1835 (1998) and The Cherokee Removal (1995).

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Editorial Reviews

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"Sifters remains a valuable contribution to our understanding of both the continuity and diversity marking the lives of American Indian women at crucial persiods in history." —Florida Historical Quarterly

"Taken as a whole this book presents a well reasoned, well-researched account of a selected group of women that meets historians' and academicians' needs for information regarding specific American Indian women and their interactions with the larger socio-historical period as well as the consequences of their existence in that larger framework."- J. Anne Calhoun, University of New Mexico

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195130812
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 2/28/2001
  • Series: Viewpoints on American Culture Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 5.80 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Theda Perdue is Professor of History at the University of North Carolina. She is the author of Cherokee Women: Gender and Culture Change, 1700-1835 (1998) and The Cherokee Removal (1995).

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Table of Contents

Introduction 3
1 Pocahontas: The Hostage Who Became Famous 14
2 Mary Musgrove: Creating a New World 29
3 Molly Brant: From Clan Mother to Loyalist Chief 48
4 Sacagawea: The Making a Myth 60
5 Catharine Brown: Cherokee Convert to Christianity 77
6 Lozen: An Apache Woman Warrior 92
7 Mourning Dove: Gender and Cultural Mediation 108
8 Gertrude Simmons Bonnin: For the Indian Cause 127
9 Lucy Nicolar: The Artful Activism of a Penobscot Performer 141
10 Maria Montoya Martinez: Crafting a Life, Transforming a Community 160
11 Alice Lee Jemison: A Modern "Mother of the Nation" 175
12 Delfina Cuero: A Native Woman's Life in the Borderlands 187
13 Anna Mae Pictou-Aquash: An American Indian Activist 204
14 Ada Deer: Champion of Tribal Sovereignty 223
Further Reading 243
Index 249
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