Theda Perdue's Cherokee Women Analysis

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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 American History often places women on the periphery of native culture and society. However, Perdue decides to explores the gender set up which are essential to understanding Cherokee culture. Perdue argues that Cherokee women had always held an essential and significant position of power within Cherokee cultures and…show more content…
Although this is a very strong piece of literature, there is still room for improvement. 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
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