Being Again of One Mind: Oneida Women and the Struggle for Decolonization

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UBC Press, Nov 21, 2010 - Social Science - 216 pages
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Being Again of One Mind combines the narratives of Oneida women of various generations with a critical reading of feminist literature on nationalism to reveal that some Indigenous women view nationalism in the form of decolonization as a way to restore traditional gender balance and well-being to their own lives and communities.

By giving a voice to Oneida women's thoughts on tradition and nation, this book challenges mainstream feminist ideas about the masculine bias of Western theories of nation and about the dangers of nationalist movements that idealize women's so-called traditional role. Lina Sunseri shows that feminist insights, although useful to many women's and feminist groups, cannot be applied universally to all women or to societies with traditional forms of nation based on good relations between men and women. Oneida women do not view nationalism as a threat but rather as a way for women and men to be again of one mind.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
From Modernist to Indigenous Perspectives
19
From Creation Story to the Present
45
From a Colonial Existence toward a Decolonized Nation
61
Oneida Women Standing Up and Speaking about Matters of the Nation
99
Being Again of One Mind
151
Concluding Remarks
169
Notes
177
References
181
Index
191
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Lina Sunseri, whose Longhouse name is Yeliwi:saks (Gathering Stories/Knowledge), from the Oneida Nation of the Thames, Turtle Clan, is an assistant professor of sociology at Brescia University College, an affiliate of the University of Western Ontario. She is also co-editor of Colonialism and Racism in Canada: Historical Traces and Contemporary Issues and Racism, Colonialism, and Indigeneity in Canada.