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A Nation of Women.: Gender and Colonial Encounters Among the Delaware Indians.
Växjö University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Humanities.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6215-6225
2009 (English)Book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

A Nation of Women chronicles changing ideas of gender and identity among the Delaware Indians from the mid-seventeenth through the eighteenth century, as they encountered various waves of migrating peoples in their homelands along the eastern coast of North America. In Delaware society, to be a woman meant to engage in activities performed by women, including diplomacy, rather than to be defined by biological sex. Among the Delaware, being a "woman" was therefore a self-identification, employed by both women and men, that reflected the complementary roles within Delaware society. Decades of interaction with other cultures gradually eroded the positive connotations of being a woman. To salvage some sense of gender complementarity men and women redrew the lines of their duties more rigidly. Some Delawares asserted a masculine identity as a warring nation, others sught ways to retain an older understanding of what it meant to be a women and peacemakers.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press , 2009, 1. , p. 280
Series
Early American Studies
Keywords [en]
Delaware Indians, Cultural Encounters, Gender, Colonialism, Moravian missions, women, eastern North America, 18th century
National Category
History
Research subject
Humanities, History
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URN: urn:nbn:se:vxu:diva-5881ISBN: 978-0-8122-4182-2 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:vxu-5881DiVA, id: diva2:236278
Available from: 2009-09-22 Created: 2009-09-22 Last updated: 2016-04-28Bibliographically approved

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