ERIC Number: ED158937
Record Type: Non-Journal
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Choices & Careers; Free to Choose: Being an Indian Woman.
Strong, Lois Metoxen
An all-encompassing definition of the traditional role of the Indian woman is hard to reach because that role changes with every tribal group. However, by examining one group, the Woodland Indians, an idea of the Indian woman's role can emerge. The "poor, overworked squaw" stereotype is erroneous, for early Indian men and women were regarded as equals. Indian women held positions of authority in civil and religious affairs. They usually decided when the camp would move and where it would relocate. Highly skilled as builders and architects, they owned their homes and the tools used in their duties of food gathering and preparation, soil cultivation, dressing skins, etc. Although their days were filled with many tasks, their responsibilities were no greater than that of the men, and they were assisted by the children, old people, and men unable to hunt. They were highly regarded and protected by their tribe. In addition to a lengthy description of the traditional role of the Indian woman, this document features a "Things to Do With Your Daughter" section which suggests discussions and other activities based on stereotypes; past and present roles of women; and famous Indian women, their contributions, strengths, and characteristics. (Author/DS)
Publication Type: Guides - General
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Sponsor: Extension Service (USDA), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ., Madison. Univ. Extension.