At the Border of Empires
232 pages, 6 x 9
Release Date:14 Mar 2013

At the Border of Empires

The Tohono O'odham, Gender, and Assimilation, 1880-1934

The University of Arizona Press
Beginning in the 1880s, the US government implemented programs to
eliminate "vice" among the Tohono O'odham and to
encourage the morals of the majority culture as the basis of a process
of "Americanization." During the next fifty years, tribal
norms interacted with – sometimes conflicting with and sometimes
reinforcing – those of the larger society in ways that
significantly shaped both government policy and tribal experience. This
book examines the mediation between cultures, the officials who
sometimes developed policies based on personal beliefs and gender
biases, and the native people whose lives were impacted as a result.
These issues are brought into useful relief by comparing the
experiences of the Tohono O'odham on two sides of a border that
was, from a native perspective, totally arbitrary.
Andrae M. Marak is the chair of humanities and socialsciences and a professor of history and political science at GovernorsState University. Laura Tuennerman is the chair of theDepartment of History and Political Science and a professor of historyat California University of Pennsylvania.
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