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Daughters of the Earth

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She was both guardian of the hearth and, on occasion, ruler and warrior, leading men into battle, managing the affairs of her people, sporting war paint as well as necklaces and earrings.

She built houses and ground corn, wove blankets and painted pottery, played field hockey and rode racehorses.

Frequently she enjoyed an open and joyous sexuality before marriage; if her marriage didn't work out she could divorce her husband by the mere act of returning to her parents. She mourned her dead by tearing her clothes and covering herself with ashes, and when she herself died was often shrouded in her wedding dress.

She was our native sister, the American Indian woman, and it is of her life and lore that Carolyn Niethammer writes in this rich tapestry of America's past and present.

Here, as it unfolded, is the chronology of the native American woman's life. Here are the birth rites of Caddo women from the Mississippi-Arkansas border, who bore their children alone by the banks of rivers and then immersed themselves and their babies in river water; here are Apache puberty ceremonies that are still carried on today, when the cost for the celebrations can run anywhere from one to six thousand dollars. Here are songs from the Night Dances of the Sioux, where girls clustered on one side of the lodge and boys congregated on the other; here is the Shawnee legend of the Corn Person and of Our Grandmother, the two female deities who ruled the earth. Far from the submissive, downtrodden "squaw" of popular myth, the native American woman emerges as a proud, sometimes stoic, always human individual from whom those who came after can learn much.

At a time when many contemporary American women are seeking alternatives to a life-style and role they have outgrown, Daughters of the Earth offers us an absorbing — and illuminating — legacy of dignity and purpose.

Synopsis:

Originally published: New York: Collier books, c1977.

Synopsis:

Here, as it unfolded, is the chronology of the native American women's life. Far from the downtrodden, submissive 'squaw' of popular myth, the native American women emerges as a proud, sometimes stoic, always human individual from whom those who came after her can learn much.

About the Author

Carolyn Niethammer, writer and student of Native American life, has drawn on interviews with modern Indian women and early anthropologists' writings, as well as old songs, legends, and ceremonies in her research for Daughters of the Earth. Author also of Macmillan's American Indian Food & Lore, she lives in Tucson, Arizona.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780684829555
Author:
Niethammer, Carolyn
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Author:
Niethammer, Carolyn
Location:
New York
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Native American Studies
Subject:
Indians of north america
Subject:
Native American
Subject:
Women's Studies - History
Subject:
Indian women
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - Native American Studies
Subject:
Native American-General Native American Studies
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st Touchstone ed.
Edition Description:
B102
Series Volume:
94
Publication Date:
December 1995
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
450
Dimensions:
9.81 x 6.81 in 17.535 oz

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