A Nation of Women: Gender and Colonial Encounters Among the Delaware Indians

TitleA Nation of Women: Gender and Colonial Encounters Among the Delaware Indians
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsFur, Gunlög Maria
Number of Pages251
PublisherUniversity of Pennsylvania Press
CityPhiladelphia
Abstract

A Nation of Women chronicles changing ideas of gender and identity among the Delaware Indians from the mid-seventeenth through the eighteenth century, as they encountered various waves of migrating peoples in their homelands along the eastern coast of North America. In Delaware society at the beginning of this period, to be a woman meant to engage in the activities performed by women, including diplomacy, rather than to be defined by biological sex. Among the Delaware, being a "woman" was therefore a self-identification, employed by both women and men, that reflected the complementary roles of both sexes within Delaware society. For these reasons, the Delaware were known among Europeans and other Native American groups as "a nation of women."--Back cover.

Short TitleA Nation of Women
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