Sifters: Native American Women's Lives / Edition 1

Sifters: Native American Women's Lives / Edition 1

by Theda Perdue
     
 

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… See more details below

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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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195130812
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
02/28/2001
Series:
Viewpoints on American Culture Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
8.90(w) x 5.80(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
14 - 18 Years

Table of Contents

Contributors
Introduction3
1Pocahontas: The Hostage Who Became Famous14
2Mary Musgrove: Creating a New World29
3Molly Brant: From Clan Mother to Loyalist Chief48
4Sacagawea: The Making a Myth60
5Catharine Brown: Cherokee Convert to Christianity77
6Lozen: An Apache Woman Warrior92
7Mourning Dove: Gender and Cultural Mediation108
8Gertrude Simmons Bonnin: For the Indian Cause127
9Lucy Nicolar: The Artful Activism of a Penobscot Performer141
10Maria Montoya Martinez: Crafting a Life, Transforming a Community160
11Alice Lee Jemison: A Modern "Mother of the Nation"175
12Delfina Cuero: A Native Woman's Life in the Borderlands187
13Anna Mae Pictou-Aquash: An American Indian Activist204
14Ada Deer: Champion of Tribal Sovereignty223
Further Reading243
Index249

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