Indigenous American Women: Decolonization, Empowerment, Activism

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U of Nebraska Press, 2003 - Social Science - 246 pages
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Oklahoma Choctaw scholar Devon Abbott Mihesuah offers a frank and absorbing look at the complex, evolving identities of American Indigenous women today, their ongoing struggles against a centuries-old legacy of colonial disempowerment, and how they are seen and portrayed by themselves and others. Mihesuah first examines how American Indigenous women have been perceived and depicted by non-Natives, including scholars, and by themselves. She then illuminates the pervasive impact of colonialism and patriarchal thought on Native women?s traditional tribal roles and on their participation in academia. Mihesuah considers how relations between Indigenous women and men across North America continue to be altered by Christianity and Euro-American ideologies. Sexism and violence against Indigenous women has escalated; economic disparities and intratribal factionalism and ?culturalism? threaten connections among women and with men; and many women suffer from psychological stress because their economic, religious, political, and social positions are devalued. In the last section, Mihesuah explores how modern American Indigenous women have empowered themselves tribally, nationally, or academically. Additionally, she examines the overlooked role that Native women played in the Red Power movement as well as some key differences between Native women "feminists" and "activists."
  

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An amazing woman and a fantastic book for our Native people. It helped to give me a platform to speak and think critically about my identity as a Native woman. Read full review

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maybe one of the worst books i've ever read. totally disorganized, random, essentializing and boring. Read full review

Contents

A Few Cautions on the Merging of Feminist Studies with Indigenous Womens Studies
3
Writing about Anna Mae PictouAquash
9
Review of Ian Fraziers On the Rez
14
Comments on Linda McCarristons Indian Girls
19
In the Trenches of Academia
21
Colonialism and Disempowerment
41
Culturalism and Racism at the Cherokee Female Seminary
62
Finding a Modern American Indigenous Female Identity
81
1970s Activist Anna Mae PictouAquash
115
Interview with Denise MaloneyPictou and Deborah MaloneyPictou
128
Activism and Expression as Empowerment
143
Feminists Tribalists or Activists?
159
Notes
173
Bibliography
211
Index
237
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Devon Abbott Mihesuah is a professor of applied Indigenous studies and history at Northern Arizona University. Her books include Cultivating the Rosebuds: The Education of Women at the Cherokee Female Seminary, 1851?1909 and Roads of My Relations.

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