Women in American Indian Society

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Women in American Indian Society devles into an area that has long been misrepresented, if not entirely neglected, by mainstream scholars. Traditionally, native women played important roles in their society, often determining the course of history, but as soon as Europens set foot on Indian soil, these women began losing ground. Denied their rightful positions of responsibility, excluded from tribal councils, and stripped of their property, Indian women felt sorely the chauvinism that whites forced upon their ...
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Women in American Indian Society devles into an area that has long been misrepresented, if not entirely neglected, by mainstream scholars. Traditionally, native women played important roles in their society, often determining the course of history, but as soon as Europens set foot on Indian soil, these women began losing ground. Denied their rightful positions of responsibility, excluded from tribal councils, and stripped of their property, Indian women felt sorely the chauvinism that whites forced upon their culture. As they lost status among their own people, many found themselves to be prized items in the eyes of white men, who needed local assistance in order to survive and profit from their ventures in the New World. Others experienced greater denigration at the hands of non-Indians. In the 19th century, after being placed on reservations and forced to learn the ways of whites, native women wielded newfound and traditional knowledge to surmount U.S. government efforts to obliterate Indian cultures. Today native women continue to take matters in hand by revitalizing their heritage and rewriting American history.

Examines the life and culture of North American Indian women.

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Gr 7 Up-- This excellent entry to the series presents the histories of Native American women from pre-contact to the present day. Beginning with a chapter discussing prevailing images and stereotypes, Green blends history and culture to bring the story up-to-date. She discusses the fact that 12% of tribes today have female leaders, representing a return to the traditional place of women in such societies after their displacement by European conceptions of their roles. There have been several biographies of Cherokee chief Wilma Mankiller in the past year, but one gets the impression from those titles that she is an anomaly. This book puts her firmly back into the strong Indian tradition of female leadership. Black-and-white photographs with very good captions appear throughout the book, as do poems by Indian women. A full-color center section presents contemporary artwork. An index, glossary, and fine bibliography round out this important book. This is one of the best titles appearing in the recent avalanche of books on Indians. --Lisa Mitten, University of Pittsburgh, PA
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  • ISBN-13: 9780791004012
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/1/1992
  • Series: Indians of North America Series
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 120
  • Age range: 10 years
  • Product dimensions: 7.03 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 0.34 (d)

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