Negotiators of Change covers the history of ten tribal groups including the Cherokee, Iroquois and Navajo -- as well as tribes with less known histories such as the Yakima, Ute, and Pima-Maricopa. The book contests the idea that European colonialization led to a loss of Native American women's power, and instead presents a more complex picture of the adaption to, and subversion of, the economic changes introduced by Europeans. The essays also discuss the changing meainings of motherhood, women's roles and differing gender ideologies within this context.

chapter |25 pages


ByNancy Shoemaker

chapter 1|23 pages

The Anglo-Algonquian Gender Frontier

ByKathleen M. Brown

chapter 2|23 pages

Kateri Tekakwitha's Tortuous Path to Sainthood

ByNancy Shoemaker

chapter 4|25 pages

Women, Men and American Indian Policy

The Cherokee Response to “Civilization”
ByTheda Perdue

chapter 5|20 pages

Choctaw Women and Cultural Persistence in Mississippi

ByClara Sue Kidwell

chapter 6|22 pages

The Land Incarnate

Navajo Women and the Dialogue of Colonialism, 1821–1870
ByCarol Douglas Sparks

chapter 7|19 pages

“Dear Friend and Ex-Husband”

Marriage, Divorce, and Women's Property Rights on the Southern Ute Reservation, 1887–1930
ByKatherine M.B. Osburn

chapter 8|17 pages

Horses and Cattle, Buggies and Hacks

Purchases by Yakima Indian Women, 1909–1912
ByClifford E. Trafzer

chapter 9|20 pages

Patchwork and Politics

The Evolving Roles of Florida Seminole Women in the 20th Century
ByHarry A. Kersey, Helen M. Bannan

chapter 10|22 pages

Mothers and Community Builders

Salt River Pima and Maricopa Women in Community Action
ByPäivi H. Hoikkala