The Importance of Women in the Colonial World Essay

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The Importance of Women in the Colonial World Women's importance in the colonial world was an ever-changing process. They were seen as equals in early Native society but over the years women's roles have changed drastically. The books one has studied have great influence on how people view women in the past but others have little. Women have played a role from the earliest times even before written language, among the Natives, in their stories and legends of women beings. Women once had a role in every aspect of human lives but as the colonists and religious leaders from other countries started to migrate there role was changed and never reestablished. Women have important…show more content…
Thornton discusses women very briefly and is more interested in the native society as a whole. Women are mentioned in areas of the book containing fertility declines, the Cheyenne flight in which women and children were brutally murdered, the 1870 Ghost Dance, health care, and intermarriage. Women's importance is irrelevant to their male counterparts, for both native and European settlers, of the time. Thornton writes on their struggles but fails to mention any impact it may have had on the women directly. This book is written from the male perspective and gives women little credit for the important role they played in their own civilizations. American Indian Mythology (Thomas Y. Crowell Company, New York, 1968) by authors Alice Marriott and Carol K. Rachlin is a novel of collected myths and stories about native culture. The stories explain how materials in the real and superficial world came to be and most revolve around the lives of young men. Women are usually seen the foolish one's who make mistakes as in the stories "How the Half Boys Came to Be,"[2] and "Male and Female Created He Them: The River of Separation."[3] In these stories, women are seen begging for their husbands and even being killed for disobeying them. Morals and teachings are mixed in with the new
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