9780806132419

Women and Power in Native North America

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  • ISBN13:

    9780806132419

  • ISBN10:

    0806132418

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2000-01-01
  • Publisher: Univ of Oklahoma Pr

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Summary

Since the colonization of indigenous peoples in North America, the roles of Native women within their societies have been concealed or, at best, misunderstood. By examining gender status, and particularly power, in ten culture areas, this volume, edited by Laura F. Klein and Lillian A. Ackerman, seeks to draw away the curtain of silence surrounding the lives of Native North American women. Power is understood to be manifested in a multiplicity of ways: through cosmology, economic control, and formal hierarchy. In the Native societies examined, power is continually created and redefined through individual life stages and through the history of the society. The important issue is autonomy-whether, or to what extent, individuals are autonomous in living their lives. Each author demonstrates that women in a particular cultural area of aboriginal North America had (and have) more power than many previous observers have claimed. In this volume: "Introduction," Laura F. Klein and Lillian A. Ackerman; "Gender in Inuit Society," Lee Guemple; "Mother as Clanswoman: Rank and Gender in Tlingit Society," Laura F. Klein; 'Asymmetric Equals: Women and Men Among the Chipewyan," Henry S. Sharp; "Complementary but Equal: Gender Status in the Plateau," Lillian A. Ackerman; "First Among Equals? The Changing Status of Seneca Women," Joy Bilharz; "Blackfoot Persons," Alice B. Kehoe; "Evolving Gender Roles in Porno Society," Victoria D. Patterson; "The Dynamics of Southern Paiute Women's Roles," Martha C. Knack; "The Gender Status of Navajo Women," Mary Shepardson; "Continuity and Change in Gender Roles at San Juan Pueblo," Sue-Ellen Jacobs; "Women's Status Among the Muskogee and Cherokee," Richard A. Sattler; "Gender and Power in Native North America: Concluding Remarks," Daniel Maltz and JoAllyn Archambault.

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introductionp. 3
Gender in Inuit Societyp. 17
Mother as Clanswoman: Rank and Gender in Tlingit Societyp. 28
Asymmetric Equals: Women and Men Among the Chipewyanp. 46
Complementary But Equal: Gender Status in the Plateaup. 75
First Among Equals?: The Changing Status of Seneca Womenp. 101
Blackfoot Personsp. 113
Evolving Gender Roles in Pomo Societyp. 126
The Dynamics of Southern Paiute Women's Rolesp. 146
The Gender Status of Navajo Womenp. 159
Continuity and Change in Gender Roles at San Juan Pueblop. 177
Women's Status Among the Muskogee and Cherokeep. 214
Gender and Power in Native North America: Concluding Remarksp. 230
Referencesp. 251
List of Contributorsp. 283
Indexp. 287
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