Theda Perdue`s Cherokee Women: Gender and Culture Change, 1700-1835, is a book that greatly depicts what life had been like for many Native Americans as they were under European Conquering. This book was published in 1998, Perdue was influenced by a Cherokee Stomp Dance in northeastern Oklahoma. She had admired the Cherokee society construction of gender which she used as the subject of this book. Though the title Cherokee Women infers that the book focuses on the lives of only Cherokee women, Perdue actually shines light upon the way women 's roles affected the Native cultures and Cherokee-American relations. In the book, there is a focus on the way that gender roles affected the way different tribes were run in the 1700 and 1800`s. Native …show more content…
It is very interesting to see how almost everything that Cherokee people knew as a norm differed as they became more in touch with global trade and European powers. Perdue began the second part of the book addressing how the European trades and trips to the Cherokee society had quickly used hunting and war to place men above women. Men in the Cherokee remained hunters who had provided deerskin, which had became a source of currency once they began to trade throughout the world. As Euro-Americans became more common, more of their beliefs of gender balance was spread throughout societies. The Euro-Americans felt as if women should remain subservient to men. The different settlers in America had continued to down women as a gender, and make males more superior. As Perdue continues, she addresses how the power that Cherokee women held had began to plummet the more they were involved with Europeans. However, today there are still Cherokee women that stand strong, hold positions of power, and even are still respected as if it was the 18th …show more content…
One thing Perdue could have done to have taken this book to the next level, is include more insight from specific Cherokee women. With their insights, it would have given more of a direct insight as to actual stories making the book more interesting. If she had included more examples of Cherokee women today and how they demonstrated strength this book could have been better. Also, Perdue’s analysis reveals the burden of her politics. It is evident that at times she uses communitarian and the female centric nature of Cherokee society to criticize modern American gender relations and society. This is bad because it goes against what Native peoples want and would have wanted. In all, in some parts of the text Perdue either was a bit harsh or at other times did not give enough insight but still endured that the book was successful. Cherokee Women in all is a powerful and useful book to many different people for many different reasons. Basing her analysis on gender, Perdue provides insights on Native Americans and gender that would not be emphasized in different studies. The fact that her book is based on gender, allows for the book to differ from many others, making this book very
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Although Native Americans are characterized as both civilized and uncivilized in module one readings, their lifestyles and culture are observed to be civilized more often than not. The separate and distinct duties of men and women (Sigard, 1632) reveal a society that has defined roles and expectations based on gender. There are customs related to courtship (Le Clercq, 1691) that are similar to European cultures. Marriage was a recognized union amongst Native Americans, although not necessarily viewed as a serious, lifelong commitment like the Europeans (Heckewelder, 1819). Related to gender roles in Native American culture, Sigard writes of the Huron people that “Just as the men have their special occupation and understand wherein a man’s duty consists, so also the women and girls keep their place and perform quietly their little tasks and functions of service”.
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As Europeans began to infiltrate the territory the Cherokee nation inhabited in the mid-1700s, Cherokee men’s power increased, drawing them into more traditional masculine roles. However, Cherokee women, Perdue argues, maintained their roles and power within the nation. She posits that their influence may
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The council was able to make decisions that didn’t change or influence the female’s religion or spirituality, but also didn’t influence Cherokee values. The council’s main objective for the Cherokee Female Seminary is the knowledge that the females will be gaining. However, they also were concerned with the improvements that the females should attain, and how the new knowledge would make them responsible wives in the Cherokee Nation (Mihesuah 30). The school was a very social setting, as the school is set in most populous location of the Indian Territory. Therefore, it provided a snapshot of the demographic in the territory.
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In the Cherokee culture women and men are considered equal. The role of the Cherokee woman in the past is very different than the role of an American woman today. Men would cut down the trees and clear land so they could plant, they would use the wood to build news homes in fences around the villages, they may traps nets and other tools they hunted and fished and fix stuff when needed. Sometimes men move in with her wife 's family and sometimes he might build a home for his wife and family. In the Cherokee nation women where badass.
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