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.

About Author

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, 19721989 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, 19501975 Heather A. Howard 8. Creating Change, Reclaiming Space in PostWorld War II Seattle: The American Indian Women's Service League and the Seattle Indian Center, 19581978 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

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780803220508
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 232
  • ID: 9780803220508
  • weight: 272
  • ISBN10: 0803220502

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