American Indian Women

American Indian Women by Patrick Deval

E 98 .W8 D4813 2015

“Despite their important roles in religious, political, and family life, the stories of American Indian women have remained largely untold, or else have been obscured by the glamorizing eye of popular culture. American Indian Women weaves together history, anthropology, folklore, and rich visuals to provide a fascinating introduction to a widely overlooked group.

Ethnological filmmaker Patrick Deval begins by exploring American Indian cultures before the arrival of European colonists, delving into tribal mythologies, the role of the Clan Mother in society and religion, family customs, and the complex and varied artistic endeavors of American Indian women. Deval then examines encounters between American Indian peoples and the Spanish, British, and French colonists, discussing intermarriage, acculturation, and the lives of prominent female figures – including Pocahontas and Sacagawea. Attention is also devoted to the later portrayal of American Indian women in Hollywood and the fetishization of their cultures. A celebratory look at the American Indian Renaissance, exemplified by a new generation of female sachems, or chiefs, as well as warriors, negotiators, educators, and advocates for the civil rights of native peoples, concludes this wide-ranging visual history of American Indian women.

Abundantly illustrated with archival photographs, period illustrations, film stills, and tribal objects, American Indian Women is a meaningful contribution to American history and a tribute to some of its unsung heroines.”
– publisher description

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