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Weaving New Worlds : Southeastern Cherokee Women and Their Basketry - Sarah H. Hill

Weaving New Worlds

Southeastern Cherokee Women and Their Basketry

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Published: 30th June 1997
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In this innovative study, Sarah Hill illuminates the history of Southeastern Cherokee women by examining changes in their basketry. Based in tradition and made from locally gathered materials, baskets evoke the lives and landscapes of their makers. Indeed, as "Weaving New Worlds" reveals, the stories of Cherokee baskets and the women who weave them are intertwined and inseparable. Incorporating written, woven, and spoken records, Hill demonstrates that changes in Cherokee basketry signal important transformations in Cherokee culture.

Over the course of three centuries, Cherokees developed four major basketry traditions, each based on a different material--rivercane, white oak, honeysuckle, and maple. Hill explores how the addition of each new material occurred in the context of lived experience, ecological processes, social conditions, economic circumstances, and historical eras. Incorporating insights from written sources, interviews with contemporary Cherokee weavers, and a close examination of the baskets themselves, she presents Cherokee women as shapers and subjects of change. Even in the face of cultural assault and environmental loss, she argues, Cherokee women have continued to take what they have to make what they need, literally and metaphorically weaving new worlds from old.

[S]hould be read by anyone with an interest in ethnohistory, Southern history, women 's studies, or material culture."American Historical Review" Hill 's metaphorical examination of women 's roles through the various changes reflected in their basketry is masterful."National Women 's Studies Association Journal" Hill_s metaphorical examination of women_s roles through the various changes reflected in their basketry is masterful."National Women_s Studies Association Journal" Hilla[s metaphorical examination of womena[s roles through the various changes reflected in their basketry is masterful."National Womena[s Studies Association Journal" Hills metaphorical examination of womens roles through the various changes reflected in their basketry is masterful."National Womens Studies Association Journal" Destined to become a classic reference text to which future scholars of Native American material culture will always return."Atlanta History" [A]n illuminating picture of the lives of southeastern Cherokee women."Journal of Appalachian Studies" YShould be read by anyone with an interest in ethnohistory, Southern history, womens studies, or material culture."American Historical Review" YAn illuminating picture of the lives of southeastern Cherokee women."Journal of Appalachian Studies" HillUs metaphorical examination of womenUs roles through the various changes reflected in their basketry is masterful."National WomenUs Studies Association Journal" "[S]hould be read by anyone with an interest in ethnohistory, Southern history, womenUs studies, or material culture."American Historical Review"" Fresh and intriguing. "Journal of Southern History"

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ISBN: 9780807846506
ISBN-10: 0807846503
Series: And Government; 5
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 440
Published: 30th June 1997
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.6  x 3.2
Weight (kg): 0.78
Edition Type: New edition