hist2616indianpaper - Charles Ryan Sundling HIST 2616...

Info icon This preview shows pages 1–3. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Charles Ryan Sundling HIST 2616 Failure without Native American Women La Nouvelle France , España dos, or even United Native American Tribes could have been names for what we now know as the United States of America, if it were not for the help of the Native American tribes and their women that resided on the land before the early European settlers. The history books and many early settlers’ accounts of the Native Americans portray the men as doing the hard work and being the political leaders. These accounts of course were seen through a clouded lens. The early European settlers saw the tribes through the social constructions of their own culture. This meant that they dismissed women as “slaves” (Norton and Alexander 2007). This statement was made purely on the cultural beliefs that Europeans held rather than interviews or Indian beliefs. The Native Americans saw women in a very different light than the Europeans. Native American women were an integral part of their tribes as well as to the success of early European settlements. Like it or not the early European settlers needed Native American women to survive. This need of women can be seen in multiple tribes in different locations. The settlers needed women because of the important presence they played in their own societies. Women’s value to Native American tribes can be seen through multiple instances and this value directly translates into the success of early colonization. This translation will be shown through the Powhatan tribe, the Creeks, and some notations of other tribes. The Powhatan Indians were a tribe situated 7 miles from the Jamestown settlement (Rountree 1998). This tribe, like most of the era, was separated into two main working groups, the men and women. The men’s main job was to hunt for meat, while the women did gathering
Image of page 1

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
and other household duties. These statements may sound like they fall into European gender systems of males being superior to females, but you will soon see the tribe had very different ideals. Women’s duties far outnumbered their male counterparts. Women’s work was hard and strenuous. Women had a myriad of duties they did and did well. These duties included everything from making bread to carving out canoes. Their daily duties included emptying the fish trap, planting fields, weeding fields, taking care of children, bringing home firewood, gathering berries and greens, making the stew, butchering, kills and digging roots to make bread.
Image of page 2
Image of page 3
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.
  • Fall '08
  • Native Americans in the United States, native american women, European colonization of the Americas, MARY BETH NORTON, rountree

{[ snackBarMessage ]}

What students are saying

  • Left Quote Icon

    As a current student on this bumpy collegiate pathway, I stumbled upon Course Hero, where I can find study resources for nearly all my courses, get online help from tutors 24/7, and even share my old projects, papers, and lecture notes with other students.

    Student Picture

    Kiran Temple University Fox School of Business ‘17, Course Hero Intern

  • Left Quote Icon

    I cannot even describe how much Course Hero helped me this summer. It’s truly become something I can always rely on and help me. In the end, I was not only able to survive summer classes, but I was able to thrive thanks to Course Hero.

    Student Picture

    Dana University of Pennsylvania ‘17, Course Hero Intern

  • Left Quote Icon

    The ability to access any university’s resources through Course Hero proved invaluable in my case. I was behind on Tulane coursework and actually used UCLA’s materials to help me move forward and get everything together on time.

    Student Picture

    Jill Tulane University ‘16, Course Hero Intern