American Indian Women by Patrick DevalAmerican Indian Women by Patrick Deval

American Indian Women

byPatrick Deval

Hardcover | September 22, 2015

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A wide-ranging visual history of American Indian women, from pre-Columbian times to the present

Despite their important roles in religious, political, and family life, the stories of American Indian women have remained largely untold, or else have been obscured by the glamorizing eye of popular culture. American Indian Women weaves together history, anthropology, folklore, and rich visuals to provide a fascinating introduction to a widely overlooked group.

This attractive volume is divided into three parts. The first explores American Indian cultures before the arrival of European colonists, delving into tribal mythologies, the role of the Clan Mother in society and religion, family customs, and the complex and varied artistic endeavors of American Indian women. The second part examines encounters between American Indian peoples and the Spanish, British, and French colonists, discussing intermarriage, acculturation, and the lives of prominent female figures—including Pocahontas and Sacagawea. Attention is also devoted to the later portrayal of American Indian women in Hollywood and the fetishization of their cultures. The final section celebrates the American Indian Renaissance, exemplified by a new generation of female sachems, or chiefs—warriors, negotiators, educators, and advocates for the civil rights of native peoples.

Abundantly illustrated with archival photographs, period illustrations, film stills, and tribal objects, American Indian Women is a meaningful contribution to American history and a tribute to some of its unsung heroines.
Patrick Deval is an ethnologist, writer, film director, and journalist based in Paris, France.
Title:American Indian WomenFormat:HardcoverDimensions:224 pages, 9 × 6.75 × 0.98 inPublished:September 22, 2015Publisher:Abbeville Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0789212471

ISBN - 13:9780789212474

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Editorial Reviews

“Profusely illustrated, Deval’s volume makes a valuable contribution to our knowledge of the often-overlooked place of Native women both in the past of their tribes and in the broader present.”— Booklist"This is a history book, but not only that. first of all, it is beautifully illustrated. Then too, it pays tribute to those American Indian women—guardians of tradition, skillful negotiators, healers, and warriors—whose freedom inspired the suffragettes. ... Proceeding by grand themes, up to and including the Hollywood image, Patrick Deval leads us on a captivating ethnological and historical journey."— Le Nouvel Observateur