Native American Gender History Reading List 

Barr, Juliana. Peace Came in the Form of a Woman: Indians and Spaniards in the Texas Borderlands. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2007.

Bragdon, Kathleen. “Gender as a Social Category in Native Southern New England.” Ethnohistory 43, no. 4 (Autumn 1996): 573–92.

Brooks, James. Captives & Cousins: Slavery, Kinship, and Community in the Southwest Borderlands. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 2002.

Brown, Kathleen M. Good Wives, Nasty Wenches, and Anxious Patriarchs: Gender, Race, and Power in Colonial Virginia. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1996.

Child, Brenda J. Holding Our World Together: Ojibwe Women and the Survival of Community. New York: Penguin, 2012.

Denial, Catherine J. Making Marriage: Husbands, Wives, and the American State in Dakota and Ojibwe Country. St. Paul: Minnesota HIstorical Society Press, 2013.

Ekberg, Carl J. Stealing Indian Women: Native Slavery in the Illinois Country. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2007.

Fowler, Loretta. Wives and Husbands: Gender and Age in Southern Arapaho History. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2010.

Greer, Allan. Mohawk Saint: Catherine Tekakwitha and the Jesuits. New York: Oxford University Press, 2005.

Hahn, Steven C. The Life and Times of Mary Musgrove. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2012.

Johnston, Carolyn. Cherokee Women in Crisis: Trail of Tears, Civil War, and Allotment, 1838-1907. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 2003.

Jumper, Betty Mae, and Patsy West. A Seminole Legend: The Life of Betty Mae Tiger Jumper. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2001.

Klein, Laura F., and Lillian Ackerman, eds. Women and Power in Native North America. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1995.

Kugel, Rebecca, and Lucy Eldersveld Murphy, eds. Native Women’s History in Eastern North America before 1900: A Guide to Research and Writing. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2007.

Little, Ann M. Abraham in Arms: War and Gender in Colonial New England. Early American Studies. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2007.

Martin, Joel W. Sacred Revolt: The Muskogees’ Struggle for a New World. Boston: Beacon Press, 1991.

Miles, Tiya. The House on Diamond Hill: A Cherokee Plantation Story. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2010.

———. Ties That Bind: The Story of an Afro-Cherokee Family in Slavery and Freedom. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2005.

Pearsall, Sarah M. S. “‘Having Many Wives’ in Two American Rebellions: The Politics of Households and the Radically Conservative.” The American Historical Review 118, no. 4 (October 2013): 1001–28.

Perdue, Theda. Cherokee Women: Gender and Culture Change, 1700-1835. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1998.

———, ed. Sifters: Native American Women’s Lives. Viewpoints on American Culture. Oxford New York: Oxford University Press, 2001.

Pesantubbee, Michelene E. Choctaw Women in a Chaotic World: The Clash of Cultures in the Colonial Southeast. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2005.

Piker, Joshua Aaron. Okfuskee: A Creek Indian Town in Colonial America. Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press, 2004.

Rushforth, Brett. Bonds of Alliance: Indigenous and Atlantic Slaveries in New France. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2012.

Saunt, Claudio. A New Order of Things: Property, Power, and the Transformation of the Creek Indians, 1733-1816. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1999.

———. Black, White, and Indian: Race and the Unmaking of an American Family. New York: Oxford University Press, 2005.

Shoemaker, Nancy, ed. Negotiators of Change: Historical Perspectives on Native American Women. New York: Routledge, 1995.

Simonsen, Jane E. Making Home Work: Domesticity and Native American Assimilation in the American West, 1860-1919. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2006.

Slater, Sandra, and Fay A. Yarbrough, eds. Gender and Sexuality in Indigenous North America, 1400-1850. Columbia, S.C: University of South Carolina Press, 2011.

Smithers, Gregory D. “Cherokee ‘Two Spirits’: Gender, Ritual, and Spirituality in the Native South.” Early American Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal 12, no. 3 (2014): 626–51.

Snyder, Christina. Slavery in Indian Country: The Changing Face of Captivity in Early America. Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press, 2010.

Stremlau, Rose. Sustaining the Cherokee Family: Kinship and the Allotment of an Indigenous Nation. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 2011.

White, Richard. The Middle Ground: Indians, Empires, and Republics in the Great Lakes Region, 1650-1815. Cambridge ; New York: Cambridge University Press, 1991.


This list was compiled by Christopher Crenshaw, a graduate student at Florida State University studying Native peoples, the body, and the environment in early America. For questions about this list or Christopher’s research, email cbc12b@my.fsu.edu or find him on Twitter @cbcrenshaw.

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