Southern Ute Women: Autonomy and Assimilation on the Reservation, 1887-1934

Southern Ute Women: Autonomy and Assimilation on the Reservation, 1887-1934

by Katherine M. B. Osburn

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After the passage of the Dawes Severalty Act in 1887, the Southern Ute Agency was the scene of an intense federal effort to assimilate the Ute Indians. The Southern Utes were to break up their common land holdings and transform themselves into middle-class patriarchal farm and pastoral families. In this assimilationist scheme, women were to surrender the considerable autonomy they enjoyed in traditional Ute society and become housebound homemakers, the "civilizers" of their fathers, husbands, brothers, and sons. Southern Ute Women shows that these women accommodated Anglo ways that benefited them but refused to give up indigenous culture and ways that gave their lives meaning and bolstered personal autonomy. In spite of federal policies that stripped women of many legal rights, Southern Ute women demanded participation in political, economic, and legal decisions that affected their lives and insisted on retaining control over their marital and sexual behavior.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780826318633
Publisher: University of New Mexico Press
Publication date: 05/01/1998
Edition description: 1 ED
Pages: 165
Product dimensions: 6.06(w) x 9.05(h) x 0.53(d)

About the Author

Katherine M. B. Osburn is a professor of history at Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville.

Table of Contents

Maps xxxiii

Tables xxxv

Acknowledgments xxxvii

Preface xxxix

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 The People of the Shining Mountains 9

Chapter 2 Women and Public Leadership 21

Chapter 3 Women and Economics 37

Chapter 4 Homemaking 69

Chapter 5 Sex and Marriage 85

Conclusion 113

Notes 119

Selected Bibliography 149

Index 163

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