Cherokee Women: Gender and Culture Change, 1700-1835

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University of Nebraska Press, 1998 - History - 252 pages
Theda Perdue examines the roles and responsibilities of Cherokee women during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, a time of intense cultural change. While building on the research of earlier historians, she develops a uniquely complex view of the effects of contact on Native gender relations, arguing that Cherokee conceptions of gender persisted long after contact. Maintaining traditional gender roles actually allowed Cherokee women and men to adapt to new circumstances and adopt new industries and practices. The strength of their traditions empowered them to resist changes, including pressure from the federal government to relinquish tribal lands. This landmark study of Native women serves as a model for the historical analysis of gender.

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A comprehensive look at the life and roles of women within the Cherokee tribe. I found this book invaluable in my understanding of Cherokee culture and can use the knowledge that I've gain to put my ... Read full review



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Theda Perdue is a professor of history at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Her works include Slavery and the Evolution of Cherokee Society, 1540–1866 and Native Carolinians: The Indians of North Carolina.

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