Native American Women: A Biographical Dictionary

Native American Women: A Biographical Dictionary

Native American Women: A Biographical Dictionary

Native American Women: A Biographical Dictionary


This A-Z reference contains 275 biographical entries on Native American women, past and present, from many different walks of life. Written by more than 70 contributors, most of whom are leading American Indian historians, the entries examine the complex and diverse roles of Native American women in contemporary and traditional cultures. This new edition contains 32 new entries and updated end-of-article bibliographies. Appendices list entries by area of woman's specialization, state of birth, and tribe; also includes photos and a comprehensive index.


As series editor for Garland's Biographical Dictionaries of Minority Women, I have had the privilege to work with many outstanding colleagues in the field of women's history whose scholarship has expanded the scope of women's history to include and acknowledge the presence and contributions of all women in the pluralistic society of this nation. Each volume in this series focuses upon the biographic and bibliographic sources available to inform both lay and professional researchers from many academic disciplines about women within a particular ethnic group.

I first confronted the paucity and inadequacy of basic reference sources on minority women when I began to edit the Handbook of American Women's History in the late 1980s. My contributors and I had to use our best and most determined research techniques to track down biographical information and bibliographical sources for women who were significant historical participants, yet whose names appeared in general historical monographs in a few places, like UFO blips on a radar screen. When I lamented this appalling lack of collections of minimal facts and works on minority women, my editor at Garland, Kennie Lyman, offered me the opportunity to coordinate the collection of such basic historical and historiographical data on these neglected women.

Gretchen Bataille was one of the first to accept my invitation to edit one of our volumes. We are very fortunate that she agreed to undertake this ambitious but long overdue effort to restore to the historical record the names and contributions of Native American women whose lives influenced the development of the history of the United States. I am very proud to be associated with this much-needed reference work that is the result of the indefatigable efforts of its editor and her contributors. I applaud her execution of our mission to render accessible fundamental information and research sources for this significant group of American women.

I thank Professor Bataille for allowing her commitment to her field to overrule the wisdom of all previous editorial experience, which decrees that “no good deed goes unpunished, ” and welcome her into my informal support group of editors of reference works in Women's Studies who accept the challenge of the almost impossible task of restoring to public awareness all women whose lives have earned them the honor of being remembered by generations to come. Despite our knowledge that inevitably a few significant women still would not be found among the entries within each volume, we nonetheless strive to offer comprehensive coverage of minority women within this series.

Angela Howard Zophy, Series Editor . . .

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