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The Indian Peoples of Eastern America : A Documentary History of the Sexes - James Axtell

The Indian Peoples of Eastern America

A Documentary History of the Sexes

By: James Axtell (Editor)

Paperback Published: 8th January 1981
ISBN: 9780195027419
Number Of Pages: 256

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Using the human life cycle as an organizational framework, Axtell has gathered a broad range of 17th and 18th century European documentation on Native North Americans. With its lucid introductions to each entry, suggestions for further reading, and bibliography, this sourcebook is invaluable for courses in history, anthropology, and native American and women's studies.

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"My students loved it. This work reveals both the outline and the intricacies of Native American culture as a lived experience, giving all of us, teachers and students, a sense of the distance between their culture and our own, but also an encounter with the humanity of many peoples who were in a variety of ways not that different from us. This is a wonderful book, one that I will use for many years to come."--Jacquelyn C. Miller, Rutgers University "Students love reading the excerpts and they allow them to gain an insight into Indian cultures in ways other readings do not."--Elizabeth Mancke, Western Washington University "Excellent....The documents are useful in that they allow students to work with primary material."--George H. Phillips, University of Colorado "One of the finest sourcebooks on the early ethnohistory of Native North America currently available. James Axtell...has made a significant contribution to the study of eastern woodland peoples. Students, specialists, and the general reading public will all find this book both accessible and stimulating."--Robert Steven Grumet, American Indian Quarterly "A skillful edition of wisely selected sources. An excellent introduction to the range and vitality of American Indian culture."--Alden T. Vaughan, Columbia University "Very worthwhile. The Indian becomes human in these essays."--Calvin Martin, Rutgers University

Prefacep. vii
Introductionp. xv
Birthp. 3
Infancy in Huroniap. 4
The Powers of Pregnancyp. 8
Micmac Motheringp. 9
Giving Birth on the Gaspép. 10
The End of Infancy on the Great Lakesp. 12
The Importance of Being Namedp. 14
Laboring Under Illusionsp. 17
The Pains of Sin in New Englandp. 19
Easing Birth along the Hudsonp. 21
Moravian Indian Mothersp. 23
The Uses of a Carolina Cradleboardp. 25
From an Indian Mother's Mouthp. 27
Coming of Agep. 31
Childrearing on the Great Lakesp. 33
Huron Mischiefp. 35
Particular Iroquois Friendsp. 37
Growing Up Delawarep. 41
The Search for Leaders in New Englandp. 43
A Dutch View of New England Leadersp. 45
The Virginia Huskanawp. 46
Carolina Variationsp. 50
The Quest for a Guardian Spiritp. 51
The Mythical Origins of Menominee Menstruationp. 55
Female Visions Among the Illinoisp. 57
Huron Stay-At-Homesp. 58
Seclusion among the Delawaresp. 59
p. 61
More Micmac Menstrual Powerp. 62
Cause to Fear in Canadap. 63
Becoming a Woman in the Midwestp. 64
Love and Marriagep. 71
Huron Unionsp. 73
Marital Fidelity on the Great Lakesp. 76
Polygamy in Canadap. 79
Micmac Modestyp. 83
Wampum for Wives in New Englandp. 87
Love Charms and Venality among the Delawaresp. 89
Married Continence in the Carolinasp. 93
A Fox Woman Finds True Lovep. 96
Workingp. 103
The Making of the Mythp. 105
Native Noblemen in Huroniap. 108
Bringing Home the Bear on the Great Lakesp. 111
In a Micmac Hunting Campp. 113
Squaw Drudges and Lazy Gourmands in New Englandp. 118
Squaw Drudges and Lazy Gourmands in New Englandp. 122
The Iroquoi's Work Beep. 124
Sugaring with the Delawaresp. 126
Fishing Frolics and Communal Corn in the Southeastp. 129
Putting Down the Myth: a Male Viewp. 134
Putting Down the Myth: a Female Viewp. 138
Peace and Warp. 141
Of Huron Councils and Montagnais Feastsp. 143
The Etiquette of Feasting Among the Micmacsp. 148
The Iroquois Gynecocracyp. 150
Sir William Meets the Matronsp. 154
The Delawares as Womenp. 158
The Iroquois Call to Warp. 160
Warring with the Illinoisp. 166
Heaven and Earthp. 171
The World on the Turtle's Backp. 173
The First Ottawasp. 179
Religion in the Native Northeastp. 181
Religion in the Native Northeastp. 189
The Woman Who Would Be Priestp. 192
Idols, Priests, and Rainmakers in Virginiap. 194
Deathp. 199
Huron Feasts of the Deadp. 200
The Algonquian Way of Deathp. 208
Micmac Suicidep. 214
Painted Posts and Funeral Change among the Delawaresp. 216
Taking Leave of the Dead in the Carolinasp. 220
Full Circle Among the Foxp. 223
Suggested Readingsp. 229
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ISBN: 9780195027419
ISBN-10: 0195027418
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 8th January 1981
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.91 x 15.29  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.36