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Sifters: Native American Women's Lives
     

Sifters: Native American Women's Lives

by 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

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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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"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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198030034
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
03/29/2001
Series:
Viewpoints on American Culture
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
440 KB

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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