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Oglala women :myth, ritual, and reality

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Based on interviews and life histories collected over more than twenty-five years of study on the Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota, Marla N. Powers conveys what it means to be an Oglala woman. Despite the myth of the Euramerican that sees Oglala women as inferior to men, and the Lakota myth that seems them as superior, in reality, Powers argues, the roles of male and female emerge as complementary. In fact, she claims, Oglala women have been better able to adapt to the dominant white culture and provide much of the stability and continuity of modern tribal life. This rich ethnographic portrait considers the complete context of Oglala life—religion, economics, medicine, politics, old age—and is enhanced by numerous modern and historical photographs.

"It is a happy event when a fine scholarly work is rendered accessible to the general reader, especially so when none of the complexity of the subject matter is sacrificed. Oglala Women is a long overdue revisionary ethnography of Native American culture."—Penny Skillman, San Francisco Chronicle Review

"Marla N. Powers's fine study introduced me to Oglala women 'portrayed from the perspectives of Indians,' to women who did not pity themselves and want no pity from others. . . . A brave, thorough, and stimulating book."—Melody Graulich, Women's Review of Books

"Powers's new book is an intricate weaving . . . and her synthesis brings all of these pieces into a well-integrated and insightful whole, one which sheds new light on the importance of women and how they have adapted to the circumstances of the last century."—Elizabeth S. Grobsmith, Nebraska History

Book News Annotation:

Based on interviews and life histories collected over some 25 years of study on the Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota. Considers the whole context of Oglala life: religion, economics, medicine, political life, old age.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Based on interviews and life histories collected over more than twenty-five years of study on the Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota, Marla N. Powers conveys what it means to be an Oglala woman.

Synopsis:

With a Foreword by Catharine R. Stimpson.

About the Author

Marla N. Powers is professor of anthropology at Seton Hall University. She is also a visiting research associate of the Institute for Research on Women and an associate member of the graduate faculty in anthropology at Rutgers University.

Table of Contents

List of illustrations

Series Editor's Foreword

Preface

Introduction

The Past

1. Historical Prelude

Introduction

Early History

The Bureau of Indian Affairs

2. The Buffalo Nation

The Cosmological Matrix

Creation of the Universe

The Sacred Pipe

The Coming of the Pipe

The Calf Pipe in Cultural Context

3. Wincincala: Girlhood

Birth

Childhood

Kinship

4. Wikoškalaka: Adolescence

Puberty

Women's Sodalities

Courtship

5. Winyan: Womanhood

Marriage

Kinship Terms

Sodalities

6. Winunlicala: Old Age

The Grandmothers

Medicine Women

Ritual Participation

The Ghost Road

The Present

7. Growing up Oglala

Government Gravy

Early Education

Two Cultures

Courtship

College

Organizations

8. Making the Mark

From Buffalo to Beef

Earning a Living

Small Business

Arts and Crafts

9. It's the Men Who Are the Chiefs

The Tribal Council

Women Chiefs

Activist Women

Law and Order

10. Hard Times

Sickness and Health

The Compound

Battered Women

The Pitiable

11. All My Relations

Christianity and Traditionalism

Yuwipi

12. Sex Roles and Social Structure

Myth and Reality

Something Old, Something New

Notes

References

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226677491
Designed:
Stimpson, Catherine R.
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Designed by:
Stimpson, Catherine R.
Designed:
Stimpson, Catherine R.
Author:
Powers, Marla N.
Location:
Chicago :
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Native American Studies
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Indians of north america
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Indian women
Subject:
Oglala Indians
Subject:
Indians, North American.
Subject:
Oglala women.
Subject:
Indians of North America -- South Dakota -- Social life and customs.
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - Native American Studies
Subject:
History
Subject:
Indians of North America -- Great Plains.
Subject:
Oglala women - South Dakota
Subject:
Native American-General Native American Studies
Copyright:
Edition Number:
Paperback ed.
Edition Description:
1
Series:
Women in Culture and Society Series
Series Volume:
no. 20 (rev.)
Publication Date:
November 1988
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
36 halftones
Pages:
258
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 in

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"Synopsis" by , Based on interviews and life histories collected over more than twenty-five years of study on the Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota, Marla N. Powers conveys what it means to be an Oglala woman.
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