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Iroquoian women: (the gantowisas )

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Iroquoian Women: The Gantowisas provides a thorough, organized look at the social, political, economic, and religious roles of women among the Iroquois, explaining their fit with the larger culture. Gantowisas means more than simply <> - gantowisas is <> as fire-keeping woman, faith-keeping woman, gift-giving woman; leader, counselor, judge; Mother of the People. This is the light in which the reader will find her in Iroquoian Women. Barbara Alice Mann draws upon worthy sources, be they early or modern, oral or written, to present a Native American point of view that insists upon accuracy, not only in raw reporting, but also in analysis. Iroquoian Women is the first book-length study to regard Iroquoian women as central and indispensable to Iroquoian studies.

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A specialist in the history and culture of the Iroquois, Mann (U. of Toledo, Ohio) explains that gantowisas means not just a woman, but a woman acting in her official capacity as fire-keeper, faith-keeper, gift-giver, leader, counselor, judge, and Mother of the People. She draws on early and modern, oral and written sources to present a native American perspective, paying as much attention to the analysis as the facts.
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(the gantowisas )
Peter Lang
New York :
Iroquoian women
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
American Indian studies ;
Series Volume:
209.v. 4
Publication Date:
xxv, 540 p.

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Gender Studies » Womens Studies
History and Social Science » Native American » General Native American Studies
History and Social Science » Native American » Northeast

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