At the Border of Empires
232 pages, 6 x 9
Hardcover
Release Date:14 Mar 2013
ISBN:9780816521159
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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 social sciences and a professor of history and political science at Governors State University. Laura Tuennerman is the chair of the Department of History and Political Science and a professor of history at California University of Pennsylvania.
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