Negotiators of Change: Historical Perspectives on Native American Women

TitleNegotiators of Change: Historical Perspectives on Native American Women
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication1995
AuthorsShoemaker, Nancy
Number of Pages236
CityNew York

Negotiators of Change is a series of research articles covering aspects of Native American Indian women's history from different tribal groups spanning the time period from the seventeenth to the twentieth centuries. It addresses the role of Native American women within their culture and how European settlement in America affected gender balance within native society.

Negotiators of Change is one of the most original and innovative volumes to explore the terrain of Native American women's history. The essays included span the period between the seventeenth century and the present, focusing on the significance of gender in Native American and Euro-American interactions. The contributors present new historical sources, methods and interpretations that enhance our understanding of Indian women's reactions to the changes introduced by Euro-American contact and conquest. 
Negotiators of Change covers the history of ten tribal groups including the Cherokee, Iroquois and Navajo as well as tribes with less known histories such as the Yakima, Ute, and Pima-Maricopa. The book contests the idea that European colonization let to a loss of Native American women's power, and instead presents a more complex picture of the zdaptation to, and subversion of the economic changes introduced by Europeans. The essays also discuss the changing meanings of motherhood, women's roles, and differing gender ideologies within this context. Publisher's Abstract


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