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How did Native American women deal with societal change?

? How did cultural experiences of Native American women affect the way they viewed the societal changes were faced with in the late nineteenth century?
? In what ways did their values differ from those of white women?
? Do you think boarding schools were a positive experience for Native American women?
? Why should some women support "Americanization" attempts while others resisted?

The 19th century offered up many hurdles and challenges for Native American women. The process of Indian relocation was in full swing. If the women belonged to an Eastern tribe they would have faced the relocation of their family, clan and tribe to foreign and most likely inhospitable lands. This would have caused extreme anti-American feelings in these women. It would have also resulted in feelings of insecurity and doubt as they were removed from familiar surroundings over which they had a semblance of control. Imagine leaving a place where you were familiar with all the plants used for medicine, the berries and mushrooms that were safe to eat, the right plants to use for dye, where to find salt...and the list goes on. They were relocated to a new land that in almost every situation was inferior from the one they had previously inhabited. They had to learn about new plants, new sources of food, where to find fresh water, what natural resources were available for medicine, building houses, etc. This relocation would have been very stressful and very intimidating.

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? How did cultural experiences of Native American women affect the way they viewed the societal changes were faced with in the late nineteenth century?
? In what ways did their values differ from those of white women?
? Do you think boarding schools were a positive experience for Native American women?
? Why should some women support "Americanization" attempts while others resisted?

The 19th century offered up many hurdles and challenges for Native American women. The process of Indian relocation was in full swing. If the women belonged to an Eastern tribe they would have faced the relocation of their family, clan and tribe to foreign and most likely inhospitable lands. This would have caused extreme anti-American feelings in these women. It would have also resulted in feelings of insecurity and doubt as they were removed from familiar surroundings over which they had a semblance of control. Imagine leaving a place where you were familiar with all the plants used for medicine, the berries and mushrooms that were safe to eat, the right plants to use for dye, where to find salt...and the list goes on. They were relocated to a new land that in almost every situation was inferior from the one they had previously inhabited. They had to learn about new plants, new sources of food, where to find fresh water, what natural resources were available for medicine, building houses, etc. This relocation would have been very stressful and very intimidating.

The result was that most Native American women would have been predisposed to view any ...

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