This book offers twenty original scholarly chapters featuring historical and biographical analyses of Native American women. The lives of women found her contributed significantly to their people and people everywhere. The book presents Native women of action and accomplishments in many areas of life. This work highlights women during the modern era of American history, countering past stereotypes of Native women. With the exceptions of Pocahontas and Sacajawea, historians have had little to say about American Indian women who have played key roles in the history of their tribes, their relationship with others, and the history of the United States. Indigenous women featured herein distinguished themselves as fiction and non-fiction writers, poets, potters, basket makers, musicians, and dancers. Other women contributed as notable educators and women working in health and medicine. They are representative of many women within the Native Universe who excelled in their lives to enrich the American experience.
Clifford E. Trazer is distinguished professor of history and Rupert Costo Chair in American Indian Affairs at the University of California, Riverside.
Donna L. Akers (Choctaw) is professor at the University of Texas at Arlington.
Amanda K. Wixon (Chickasaw) and is Ph.D. candidate in history at the University of California, Riverside.
Chapter 1 American Artist, Pueblo Potter: Maria Antonia Montoya Martinez (?-1980) by Emily Molesworth-Teipe
Chapter 2 A Bridge Between Worlds: Mourning Dove (c. 1888 – d. 1936) by Amanda K. Wixon
Chapter 3 Premier Basket Artist: Elsie Comanche Allen (b. 1899 – d. 1990) by Meranda Roberts
Chapter 4 Dancing Activist: Maria Tallchief (b. 1925 – d. 2013) by Michelle Lorimer
Chapter 5 Native Woman, Native Voices: Paula Gunn Allen (b. 1939 – d. 2008) by Hal Hoffman and Clifford E. Trafzer
Chapter 6 Poet Warrior: Joy Harjo (b. 1951-) by Christie Time Firtha
Chapter 7 Civil Justice: Louise Erdrich (b. 1954-) by Christie Time Firtha
Chapter 8 The Voice of a Generation: Indigenous Singer-Songwriter, Actor, Activist and Icon, Buffy Sainte-Marie (b. 1941 -) by Kimberly Norris Guererro
Chapter 9 A Woman of Vision: Vivienne Jake by Daisy Ocampo
Chapter 10 Mary Jim Chapman (Xínstanik): Preserving the Memory of Snake River Country (c. 1910 – 2000) by Benjamin T. Jenkins
Chapter 11 Cultural Historian, Linguist and Ethnobotanist: Katherine Siva Saubel (b. 1920 – d. 2011) by Lisa Riggan
Chapter 12 Community, Educational, and Cultural Activist: Lorene Sisquoc (b. 1960) by Kevin Whalen
Chapter 13 Elizabeth Wanamaker Peratrovich: Desegregating the Last Frontier (1911-1958) by Benjamin T. Jenkins
Chapter 14 Preserving Indigenous Cultures and Languages: Ofelia Zepeda (b. 1952) by Jordan Cohen
Chapter 15 Roberta Conner (Sisaawipam): Public Historian and Sustainability Activist (b. by Benjamin T. Jenkins
Chapter 16 Public Health Reformer: Susan La Flesche (b. 1865 – d. 1915) by Robert D. Miller
Chapter 17 Navajo Health Activist and Educator: Annie Dodge Wauneka (b. 1910- d. 1997) by Brendan Lindsay
Chapter 18 Activism through Medicine: Lori Alvord (b. 1958) by Jeffrey Allen Smith
Chapter 19 Remembering What We Always Knew: Kahnawake Community-Based Activist Terry Maresca, M.D. (b. 1958-) by Sarah Wolk FritzGerald
Chapter 20 Activist Centered Healthcare: Beverly Patchell (b. 1951) by Robert D. Miller
About the Editors
About the Contributors
This edited work presents generally short biographical studies of 20 quite extraordinary Native American/First Nations women who have contributed creatively and productively to the humanities, science, education, medicine, and community work, each with a sharp focus on social justice. Trafzer, Akers, and Wixon frame these diverse women, born collectively between the late 19th century and 1960, in an introduction centered on the prominence of women and female spiritual principles throughout all Indigenous societies, spanning diverse times and places. Brief sketches of the women are woven throughout the introduction, highlighting the influences of those with whom each woman worked and collaborated. Overall, the book demonstrates how these women addressed and resisted the ravages of infectious disease, medical and educational neglect and malpractice, racism, sexism, assimilation, and other interlocking expressions of discrimination on behalf of their broader communities. The approach of seeking historical understanding through biographical analysis is successful. Recommended. All readers.