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Indigenous American Women: Decolonization, Empowerment, Activism

Devon Abbott Mihesuah
Format
Book
Published
Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, [2003]
Language
English
Series
Contemporary Indigenous Issues
ISBN
0803232276, 9780803232273, 0803282869, 9780803282865
Summary
"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.""--Publisher description.
Contents
  • A few cautions on the merging of feminist studies with indigenous women's studies
  • Writing about Anna Mae Pictou-Aquash
  • Review of Ian Frazier's On the Rez
  • Comments on Linda McCarriston's "Indian Girls"
  • In the trenches of academia
  • Colonialism and disempowerment
  • Culturalism and racism at the Cherokee female seminary
  • Finding a modern American indigenous female identity
  • 1970s activist Anna Mae Pictou-Aquash
  • Interview with Denise Maloney-Pictou and Deborah Maloney-Pictou
  • Activism and expression as empowerment
  • Feminists, tribalists, or activist?
Description
xxii, 246 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Notes
Includes bibliographical references (p. [211]-236) and index.
Technical Details
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