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
Tags: Gender; Native Americans and Indigenous Peoples; Race
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.
Presenter: Fay Ann Yarbrough, Rice University