Sifters : Native American Women's Lives

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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 more

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  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 154 x 232 x 18mm | 399.16g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 0195130812
  • 9780195130812

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This ambitious volume provides a good introduction to the varying roles played by American Indian women from the seventeenth through the twentieth centuries. * Florida Historical Quarterly * Perdue has done an excellent job in bringing together contributors from history, anthropology, English, American studies, and women's studies. * Florida Historical Quarterly * ... a valuable contribution to our understanding of both the continuity and diversity marking the lives of American Indian women at crucial periods in history. * Florida Historical Quarterly * Theda Perdue brings to life women long consigned to the shadows of historical anonymity ... should appeal to both scholars and the general public. * Biography * ... lively writing style .. will serve as stimulating reading for students across a variety of disciplines: Indian history, United States history, and Women's Studies. * Biography * Theda Perdue, who has edited this collection, is a highly respected ethnohistorian, and this book reflects not just her skills as an historian but her knowledge of indigenous society. * Biography *show more

About Theda Perdue

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).show more

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