HIST 2930 Lecture Notes - Lecture 3: Caulking, Acculturation, Holy Experiment

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Cultural encounters along a gender frontier: mahican, delaware and herman women in 18th century pennsylvania. Indians faced a dominant white presence redefined their ethnic identities through both resistance and accommodation in order to survive. The social dynamics within indian communities also shifted as native americans debated new religious traditions and spiritual expression, kinship and gender roles. Native women were involved in and essential to the creation of diplomatic, economic, and social alliances between native americans and newly arrived europeans in north america. 2 different views of female reactions to euro-americans: depict indian women as innovators, even cultural traitors, on the forefront of accommodation to european practices or as traditionalists who adamantly resisted acculturation. Forks of the delaware attracted indian and white groups since its location provided access to major water-ways. Delaware indians became one of the earliest and largest groups of migrants into the forks of the delaware: maintained their autonomy from the six nations.

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