Indigenous Women and Work: From Labor to Activism

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Carol Williams
University of Illinois Press, Oct 30, 2012 - Social Science - 336 pages
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The essays in Indigenous Women and Work create a transnational and comparative dialogue on the history of the productive and reproductive lives and circumstances of Indigenous women from the late nineteenth century to the present in the United States, Australia, New Zealand/Aotearoa, and Canada. Surveying the spectrum of Indigenous women's lives and circumstances as workers, both waged and unwaged, the contributors offer varied perspectives on the ways women's work has contributed to the survival of communities in the face of ongoing tensions between assimilation and colonization. They also interpret how individual nations have conceived of Indigenous women as workers and, in turn, convert these assumptions and definitions into policy and practice. The essays address the intersection of Indigenous, women's, and labor history, but will also be useful to contemporary policy makers, tribal activists, and Native American women's advocacy associations. Contributors are Tracey Banivanua Mar, Marlene Brant Castellano, Cathleen D. Cahill, Brenda J. Child, Sherry Farrell Racette, Chris Friday, Aroha Harris, Faye HeavyShield, Heather A. Howard, Margaret D. Jacobs, Alice Littlefield, Cyble Locke, Mary Jane Logan McCallum, Kathy M'Closkey, Colleen O'Neill, Beth H. Piatote, Susan Roy, Lynette Russell, Joan Sangster, Ruth Taylor, and Carol Williams.

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Introduction Carol Williams
Historical Antecedents and New Challenges Joa
Anishinaabe Women in Michigans Changing Economy Alice Littlefield
Southern Australian Aboriginal Women and the Early Maritime Industry of Sealin
Womens Work Race and Queenslands Indentured Labor Trade Tracey Baniva
Women Agriculturalists and the Negotiation of Colonialism a
The shishalh Economy and the Logging Industry on the Pacific Northw
Navajo Weavers and Globalization Kathy MCloskey
11 Diverted Mothering among American Indian Domestic Servants 19201940 Margaret D Jacobs
12 Charity or Industry? American Indian Women and Work Relief in the New Deal Era Colleen ONeill
Native Women As Federal Employees Cathleen D Cahill
The Indian Homemakers Clubs and the Maori Womens Welfare
Ojibwe Womens Labor and Leadership in Postwar Minneapolis Brenda J
16 Maori Sovereignty Black Feminism and the New Zealand Trade Union Movement Cyble Locke
17 Beading Lesson Beth H Piatote

Anishinaabe Womens Work and the Growth of Wisc
First Nations and Mtis Women in Fur Trade and Rural Economies S
10 Northfork Mono Womens Agricultural Work Productive Coexistence and Social WellBeing in tha

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About the author (2012)

Carol Williams is an associate professor of women and gender studies and history at the University of Lethbridge in Alberta, Canada, and the author of Framing the West: Race, Gender and the Photographic Frontier in the Pacific Northwest.

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