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New Directions in Native American Studies #04: Wives and Husbands: Gender and Age in Southern Arapaho History

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In Wives and Husbands, distinguished anthropologist Loretta Fowler deepens readers’ understanding of the gendered dimension of cultural encounters by exploring how the Arapaho gender system affected and was affected by the encounter with Americans as government officials, troops, missionaries, and settlers moved west into Arapaho country. Fowler examines Arapaho history from 1805 to 1936 through the lens of five cohorts, groups of women and men born during different year spans. Through the life stories of individual Arapahos, she vividly illustrates the experiences and actions of each cohort during a time when Americans tried to impose gender asymmetry and to undermine the Arapahos’ hierarchical age relations.

Fowler examines the Arapaho gender system and its transformations by considering the partnerships between, rather than focusing on comparisons of, women and men. She argues that in particular cohorts, partnerships between women and men — both in households and in the community — shaped Arapahos’ social and cultural transformations while they struggled with American domination.

Over time Arapahos both reinforced and challenged Arapaho hierarchies while accommodating and resisting American dominance. Fowler shows how, in the process of reconfiguring their world, Arapahos confronted Americans by uniting behind strategies of conciliation in the early nineteenth century, of civilization in the late nineteenth century, and of confrontation in the early twentieth century. At the same time, women and men in particular cohorts were revamping Arapaho politico-religious ideas and organizations. Gender played a part in these transformations, giving shape to new leadership traditions and other adaptations.

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Fowler (professor emeritus, anthropology, U. of Oklahoma) explores how the Arapaho gender system affected and was affected by encounters with Americans as government officials, troops, missionaries, and settlers moved west into their country. She considers Arapaho history from 1805 to 1936 through five cohorts of women and men born during different periods. She identifies the groups and individuals who played key roles in American encounters, within the context of kinship and marital partnerships, and discusses how Arapaho ideas and practices of partnering shaped their history, as the colonial regime attempted to impose gender asymmetry where there had been egalitarianism. Fowler also discusses how the Arapaho reconfigured their world through three strategies employed during different periods--conciliation with the arrival of settlers, cooperation with federal officials, and assertively countering federal policy--and how these affected men and women. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

In Wives and Husbands, distinguished anthropologist Loretta Fowler deepens readers’ understanding of the gendered dimension of cultural encounters by exploring how the Arapaho gender system affected and was affected by the encounter with Americans as government officials, troops, missionaries, and settlers moved west into Arapaho country. Fowler examines Arapaho history from 1805 to 1936 through the lens of five cohorts, groups of women and men born during different year spans. Through the life stories of individual Arapahos, she vividly illustrates the experiences and actions of each cohort during a time when Americans tried to impose gender asymmetry and to undermine the Arapahos’ hierarchical age relations.

About the Author

Loretta Fowler is Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at the University of Oklahoma. She is the author of numerous books, including Tribal Sovereignty and the Historical Imagination: Cheyenne-Arapaho Politics and The Columbia Guide to American Indians of the Great Plains.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780806141169
Author:
Fowler, Loretta
Publisher:
University of Oklahoma Press
Subject:
Arapaho Indians.
Subject:
West (U.S.) Ethnic relations.
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - Native American Studies
Subject:
United States - State & Local - General
Subject:
Native American Studies
Subject:
Native American-General Native American Studies
Subject:
Gender Studies
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
New Directions in Native American Studies series
Series Volume:
4
Publication Date:
20101031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
21 b&w illus., 2 maps
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1.2 in 1.59 lb

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Gender Studies » General
History and Social Science » Native American » General Native American Studies
History and Social Science » Native American » Plains

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In Wives and Husbands, distinguished anthropologist Loretta Fowler deepens readers’ understanding of the gendered dimension of cultural encounters by exploring how the Arapaho gender system affected and was affected by the encounter with Americans as government officials, troops, missionaries, and settlers moved west into Arapaho country. Fowler examines Arapaho history from 1805 to 1936 through the lens of five cohorts, groups of women and men born during different year spans. Through the life stories of individual Arapahos, she vividly illustrates the experiences and actions of each cohort during a time when Americans tried to impose gender asymmetry and to undermine the Arapahos’ hierarchical age relations.
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