Women, Labor, and Power in the Nineteenth-Century Choctaw Nation

Solicited by the OAH Committee on the Status of Women in the Historical Profession

Friday, April 16, 2021, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Type: Workshop

Tags: Gender; Native Americans and Indigenous Peoples; Race

Abstract

Pre-registration required

Limited to 100 people


This talk reveals shifting ideas about gender and race in the nineteenth-century Choctaw Nation by considering Choctaw regulation of marriage law. It begins by outlining some of the basic social organization of traditional Choctaw society, then traces Choctaws’ shift away from traditional labor arrangements, and ends with Choctaw authorities’ intervention in women’s marital choices. Fay Yarbrough argues that marriage law, in particular, demonstrated Choctaw women’s changed position in society.

Session Participants

Presenter: Fay Ann Yarbrough, Rice University