By Lillian A. Ackerman
Long ago, many local American cultures have handled men and women as equals. In ''A worthy Balance,'' Lillian A. Ackerman examines the stability of energy and accountability among women and men inside all the 11 Plateau Indian tribes who dwell this day at the Colville Indian Reservation in north-central Washington country.
Ackerman analyzes tribal cultures over 3 historic classes lasting greater than a century--the conventional previous, the farming section whilst Indians have been compelled onto the reservation, and the twentieth-century commercial current. Ackerman examines gender equality by way of strength, authority, and autonomy in 4 social spheres: financial, household, political, and spiritual.
Although early explorers and anthropologists famous remoted cases of gender equality between Plateau Indians, ''A beneficial Balance'' is the 1st book-length exam of a tradition that has practiced such equality from its early days of searching and accumulating to the current day. Ackerman’s findings additionally relate to an exam of ecu and American cultures, calling into query the present assumption that gender equality ceases to be attainable with the appearance of industrialization.
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I interviewed both genders, since I saw this project as investigating a gender system, not onlyfemabstatus. I do not subscribe to the feminist theory that being a woman is necessary to gain knowledge about and empathy for other women, a kind of sisterhood in shared oppression (Wolf 1996:13). Having already conducted research among the Nez Perce and Tlingit Indians and a Yup’ik Eskimo village before coming to the Colville TABLE 2 Consultants by Age, Sex, and Tm'be TOTALS SOUTH SANPOIL NESPELEM COLVILLE OJSANAGONMETHOW CHELAN COLUMBIA NEZPERCE WENATCHI LAKES ENTIAT OTHERS BYAGE M F M F M F M F M F M F M F M F M F M F M F M F M F SEX AGE 90-99 80-89 70-79 60-69 50-59 4049 30-39 19-29 Totals B y 1 1 4 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 T r i b e 1 1 ~ 1 2 2 1 1 1 2 1 1 2 1 2 3 3 1 1 0 1 4 9 2 7 2 1 2 3 3 10 3 2 1 1 2 1 1 2 0 2 4 6 8 2 1 1 0 1 60 3 0 2 3 0 0 2 0 1 1 7 3 4 32 A NECESSARY BALANCE Reservation, I knew that the roles and status of men and women would be different from those of Euro-Americans.
I speculate that with a perhaps lingering illness and a dearth of personnel among the population this option was not easily available that year, and people starved. In the absence of such unusual events, famines were probably rare all over the Plateau. 40 A NECESSARY BALANCE Meat (Post 1938:22) and fish (Ray 1932:~o)were distributed, but plant foods were not usually shared. Food shortages occurred on an individual basis, due to illness or a lack of industriousness. Food of all kinds was shared with individuals who had none, no matter what the causes of their destitution (Ray ig32:107).
Another, who had advanced too far in pursuit of the enemy, made such a swift about face, at the very moment several arms were outstretched to grab her, that she galloped back to her own lines leaving the enemy stupefied. Still another, after having spent some time pursuing several Crows, returned saying, “I thought these great talkers were men, but I was wrong. ” Unfortunately, he did not further describe this woman. Another warrior woman was Colestah, wife to Chief Kamiakin, who participated in the Battle of Four Lakes and Spokane Plain against Colonel George Wright in i 858.