Cherokee Women: Gender and Culture Change, 1700-1835

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U of Nebraska Press, 1998 - History - 252 pages
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Theda Perdue examines the roles and responsibilities of Cherokee women during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, a time of intense cultural change. While building on the research of earlier historians, she develops a uniquely complex view of the effects of contact on Native gender relations, arguing that Cherokee conceptions of gender persisted long after contact. Maintaining traditional gender roles actually allowed Cherokee women and men to adapt to new circumstances and adopt new industries and practices.
 

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A comprehensive look at the life and roles of women within the Cherokee tribe. I found this book invaluable in my understanding of Cherokee culture and can use the knowledge that I've gain to put my ... Read full review

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Contents

Prologue
1
Introduction
3
Constructing Gender
17
Defining Community
41
Trade
65
War
86
A Changing Way of Life
115
Women in the Early Cherokee Republic
135
Selu Meets Eve
159
Conclusion
185
Notes
197
Index
245
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Theda Perdue is a professor of history at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Her works include Slavery and the Evolution of Cherokee Society, 1540?1866 and Native Carolinians: The Indians of North Carolina.

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