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Women of the earth lodges : tribal life on the plains

Author: Virginia Bergman Peters
Publisher: North Haven, Conn. : Archon Books, 1995.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
Summary:
White men who met and wrote about the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara peoples of the upper Missouri in the 18th and 19th centuries found them prosperous and compelling. Their ceremonies were elaborate; they were colorful subjects for painters such as Karl Bodmer and George Catlin; they bought lots of trinkets and firearms. Women, if mentioned at all, appeared as drudges and slaves in a male-dominated society, for these
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Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Peters, Virginia Bergman, 1918-
Women of the earth lodges.
North Haven, Conn. : Archon Books, 1995
(DLC) 94009251
(OCoLC)30068456
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Virginia Bergman Peters
OCLC Number: 622767816
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. [Place of publication not identified] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010. MiAaHDL
Description: 1 online resource (xvi, 217 pages) : illustrations
Details: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Contents: 1. Mitutanka --
2. The Land --
3. The People --
4. In a Different Voice: The People Tell Their Story --
5. The Deep Trail: Religion in Village Culture --
6. Climbing the Ladder of Success: Structural Organization of the Village Tribes --
7. An Indian Girl Grows Up: Childhood and Youth in the Village Tribes --
8. A Woman Takes Her Place in a Village Plains Tribe: Adulthood and Old Age --
9. A Man Takes His Place in a Village Plains Tribe: Fasting, Prayer, and Warfare --
10. The Flight of the Waterbirds: Village Women Farmers --
11. Walking with the Buffalo: Village Women and the Hunt --
12. Village Women and the Plains Trade Network --
13. Village Women and the World They Lived In.
Responsibility: Virginia Bergman Peters.

Abstract:

White men who met and wrote about the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara peoples of the upper Missouri in the 18th and 19th centuries found them prosperous and compelling. Their ceremonies were elaborate; they were colorful subjects for painters such as Karl Bodmer and George Catlin; they bought lots of trinkets and firearms. Women, if mentioned at all, appeared as drudges and slaves in a male-dominated society, for these travelers failed to note the less obvious. Skilled farming by women produced a food surplus which allowed leisure for male ceremony; excess food made possible a continental trade network fostered by the linguistic powers of women traders; men, on the other hand, lived in their mother-in-law's house and gave the trophies from ritual war parties to their mother's lodge. Society was matrifocal, and its activities conformed to the sanctions of religion.

In this book, Virginia Peters uses women's accounts, the strong oral tradition of the people, their myths and creation stories, and anthropological and archeological data to examine this vitality. She even follows the life cycle of a representative woman, and explores female farming, trading, and hunting activities, the organization of village life, and the culture of war. Basic to village society, Peters shows, was deep faith in an order where the generative female principle had primacy, sustaining and defining the people and everything in their world from sun to rain to bison, stones, and corn.

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