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American Indian Women of Proud Nations

Essays on History, Language, and Education

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Edited By Cherry Maynor Beasley, Mary Ann Jacobs and Ulrike Wiethaus

This multidisciplinary collection of nine previously unpublished essays presents new research in three interlocking domains: tribal history with a special emphasis on Native women in the Southeast, language revitalization efforts and the narrative knowledge inherent in indigenous oral culture, and traditional educational systems in the context of the ongoing colonization of American Indian educational practices and values. This volume highlights Southeastern Indian issues and demonstrates the unique situation of women in tribes lacking (full) federal recognition or a more inclusive and multidisciplinary discussion of Native women in more than one tribal nation. Southeastern themes are linked with topics of concern by other tribal nations to show commonalities and raised awareness about the central experiences and contributions of Native women in the encounter and ongoing struggle with Euro-American systems of oppression and cultural erasure.
This book spans the full gamut from naming women’s experiences of historical trauma to their ongoing efforts at preserving and rebuilding their Native nations. The collection of essays is distinctive in its Indigenous hermeneutics in that it insists on a holistic view of time and place-based knowledge – the past still fully affects the present and gives the present depth and meaning beyond the linear flow of time.
This book also features American Indian and non-American Indian scholars who are well known in American Indians studies, scholars beginning their career and scholars who, while not experts in American Indians studies, are considered experts in other disciplines and who recognize the unique attributes of Southeastern American Indian nations.
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Honoring Women in the American Indian Studies Classroom

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ROSE STREMLAU AND JANE HALADAY



THE CHALLENGE: PASSING THE TEACHING TORCH

Jane was sitting in a booth at Linda’s Restaurant in Pembroke, having lunch with a few other UNCP faculty. As she looked up from her plate of fried chicken, collards, butter beans, and cornbread—a typical and tasty Linda’s lunch, and not one Jane can eat on a regular basis if she still has afternoon classes to teach, since she usually feels like a nap afterwards—Jane saw Ashley Jacobs (the name has been changed) making her way across the dining room. Ashley saw her and smiled, and Jane smiled back. “Hey, Dr. Haladay,” she said when she sauntered up to the table. “I hear you’re teaching the American Indian Women’s class next semester, now that Dr. Linda’s retiring.” “Yes,” she told Ashley, “I am. Looking forward to it.”

Jane was familiar with the suggestive tone beneath Ashley’s words, which contained an implication of more than was being said. In this case, she knew what Ashley was hinting at: “Dr. Linda” (no relation to Linda’s Restaurant) is Dr. Linda Oxendine, Professor Emeritus of American Indian Studies, former chair of the department for seventeen years, and niece of the renowned Adolph Dial, who established UNC Pembroke’s American Indian Studies (AIS) Department in 1972. Oxendine is a highly regarded Lumbee educator and intellectual who created the American Indian Women’s course, a course she has told Jane was always one of her...

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