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Native American women in 19th Century America

Analyze the lives of Native American women in the second half of the nineteenth century.
What ways did their values differ from those of white women? Do you think boarding schools were a positive experience for Native American women?

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As you analyze the lives of Native American women in the second half of the nineteenth century and compare their with those of white women, please note that many differences prevailed, especially since Native women faced annihilation and death based on the government's harsh actions and unfair policies.

Besides politics, I offer some general ideas about daily life and values. Although white women were segregated by gender in many aspects of daily life, Native American women assumed more direct roles; for example, many were even "integrally involved in the construction of their dwellings. Plains women were the sole designers, makers and erectors of tipis, originally crafted from buffalo hides, and later, canvas" (http://photoswest.org/exhib/gallery4/leadin.htm). Since society was more communal, child raising was "an extended-family affair" (http://photoswest.org/exhib/gallery4/leadin.htm).
Whereas most white women were forced to follow the rules of the cult of domesticity, Native American women assumed multiple and pivotal roles within ...

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