Keeping the Campfires Going: Native Women's Activism in Urban Communities

Keeping the Campfires Going: Native Women's Activism in Urban Communities

By: Susan Applegate Krouse (editor), Heather A. Howard (editor)Paperback

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The essays in this groundbreaking anthology, Keeping the Campfires Going, highlight the accomplishments of and challenges confronting Native women activists in American and Canadian cities. Since World War II, Indigenous women from many communities have stepped forward through organizations, in their families, or by themselves to take action on behalf of the growing number of Native people living in urban areas. This collection recounts and assesses the struggles, successes, and legacies of several of these women in cities across North America, from San Francisco to Toronto, Vancouver to Chicago, and Seattle to Milwaukee. These wide-ranging and insightful essays illuminate Native communities in cities as well as the women activists working to build them.

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Susan Applegate Krouse (1955-2010) was an associate professor of anthropology and the director of the American Indian studies program at Michigan State University. She is the author of North American Indians in the Great War (Nebraska 2007). Heather A. Howard holds a research faculty appointment with the Centre for Aboriginal Initiatives at the University of Toronto and is an adjunct assistant professor of anthropology at Michigan State University. She is the coeditor of The Meeting Place: Aboriginal Life in Toronto and Feminist Fields: Ethnographic Insights. Contributors: Grant Arndt, Dara Culhane, Heather A. Howard, Nancy Janovicek, Susan Applegate Krouse, Molly Lee, Susan Lobo, Joan Weibel-Orlando, Anne Terry Straus, Debra Valentino, and Mary C. Wright.


Acknowledgments Introduction-Susan Applegate Krouse and Heather A. Howard; 1. Urban Clan Mothers: Key Households in Cities-Susan Lobo; 2. Gender and Community Organization Leadership in the Chicago Indian Community-Anne Terry Straus and Debra Valentino; 3. Indigenous Agendas and Activist Genders: Chicago's American Indian Center, Social Welfare, and Native American Women's Urban Leadership-Grant Arndt; 4. "Assisting Our Own": Urban Migration, Self-Governance, and Native Women's Organizing in Thunder Bay, Ontario, 1972-Nancy Janovicek; 5. Their Spirits Live within Us: Aboriginal Women in Downtown Eastside Vancouver Emerging into Visibility-Dara Culhane; 6. "How Will I Sew My Baskets?": Women Vendors, Market Art, and Incipient Political Activism in Anchorage, Alaska-Molly Lee; 7. Women's Class Strategies as Activism in Native Community Building in Toronto, 1950-1975-Heather A. Howard; 8. Creating Change, Reclaiming Space in Post-World War II Seattle: The American Indian Women's Service League and the Seattle Indian Center, 1958-Mary C. Wright; 9. What Came Out of the Takeovers: Women's Activism and the Indian Community School of Milwaukee-Susan Applegate Krouse; 10. Telling Paula Starr: Native American Woman as Urban Indian Icon-Joan Weibel-Orlando Contributors; Index [Grant Arndt studied cultural anthropology at the University of Chicago and now teaches anthropology and American Indian studies at Iowa State University / Dara Culhane is an associate professor of anthropology at Simon Fraser University / Heather A. Howard is assistant professor of anthropology at Michigan State University and holds a status appointment / Nancy Janovicek is assistant professor in the Department of History at the University of Calgary / Susan Applegate Krouse (Oklahoma Cherokee) is associate professor of anthropology and director of the American Indian Studies Program at Michigan State University / Molly Lee retired in 2008 from her positions as curator of ethnology at the University of Alaska Museum of the North and as Professor of anthropology at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks / Susan Lobo is a cultural anthropologist who has worked for years with Indian community-based nonprofits. She has taught at the University of California at Berkeley and at Davis, at Merritt College, and at the University of Arizona. She is currently a distinguished visiting scholar in American Indian Studies at the University of Arizona / Anne Terry Straus retired from the University of Chicago, where she taught and practiced action anthropology, focusing on the Chicago American Indian community / Joan Weibel-Orlando is a recent emerita professor from the Department of Anthropology at the University of Southern California / Mary C. Wright teaches in American Indian studies at the University of Washington]

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  • publication date: 25/09/2009
  • ISBN13: 9780803220508
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 232
  • ID: 9780803220508
  • weight: 272
  • ISBN10: 0803220502

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