Women of the First Nations
Power, Wisdom, and Strength


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"From diversity comes strength and wisdom": this was the guiding principle for selecting the articles in this collection. Because there is no single voice, identity, history, or cultural experience that represents the women of the First Nations, a realistic picture will have many facets. Accordingly, the authors in Women of the First Nations include Native and non-Native scholars, feminists, and activists from across Canada.Their work examines various aspects of Aboriginal women's lives from a variety of theoretical and personal perspectives. They discuss standard media representations, as well as historical and current realities. They bring new perspectives to discussions on Aboriginal art, literature, historical, and cultural contributions, and they offer diverse viewpoints on present economic, environmental, and political issues.This collection counters the marginalization and silencing of First Nations women's voices and reflects the power, strength, and wisdom inherent in their lives.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Cover 1
Contents 6
Acknowledgements 8
Invocation: The Real Power of Aboriginal Women 10
Introduction 16
The Colonization of a Native Woman Scholar 24
"La vie en rose"? Métis Women at Batoche, 1870 to 1920 32
Subsistence, Secondary Literature, and Gender Bias: The Saulteaux 52
First Nations Women of Prairie Canada in the Early Reserve Years, the 1870s to the 1920s: A Preliminary Inquiry 64
Life in Harmony with Nature 90
An Examination of Sport for Aboriginal Females on the Six Nations Reserve, Ontario, from 1968 to 1980 96
Aboriginal Women's Writing and the Cultural Politics of Representation 110
Art or Craft: The Paradox of the Pangnirtung Weave Shop 126
Voices through Time 140
The Changing Employment of Cree Women in Moosonee and Moose Factory 144
The Exploitation of the Oil and Gas Frontier: Its Impact on Lubicon Lake Cree Women 164
Gender and the Paradox of Residential Education in Carrier Society 180
Recommended Reading 196
Contributors 202
Index 208
A 208
B 208
C 209
E 210
D 210
F 211
G 211
H 212
I 212
J 212
K 212
L 212
M 213
N 214
P 214
O 214
Q 215
R 215
S 215
T 216
U 216
V 216
W 217
Z 217