Intermarriage and agency: a Chinookan case study
Ethnohistory • 42 (1) • Published In 1995 • Pages: 1-30
By: Peterson del Mar, David.
AbstractRecent studies argue that contact and colonization undermined Native American women's power and that the women, more so than their male counterparts, reacted conservatively to Euro-Americans. The life of Celiast Smith, a Chinookan woman born at the Columbia River's mouth early in the nineteenth century, suggests that Native women could use the powerful newcomers to their own ends, particularly through intermarriage. These acts of agency cannot be understood simply or even primarily as assimilationism, for Smith's nuanced response to the growing Euro-American presence owed much to the Chinookan culture that she appeared to be discarding (p. 1).
- HRAF PubDate
- North America
- Sub Region
- Northwest Coast and California
- Document Type
- John Beierle ; 2002
- Coverage Date
- Coverage Place
- Lower Chinook region, southern Washington and northern Oregon, United States
- David Peterson-del Mar
- Includes bibliographical references
- Chinook Indians