Native American Manhood

Of all the historical images of the Native American man, perhaps none has endured as well as that of the lone warrior. Whether recalling the Sioux war-chief Sitting Bull or the horse-mounted militants of 1950s Westerns, Americans tend to imagine Indian men either fighting valiantly on the frontier or stoically accepting inevitable military defeat. This one-dimensional representation masks the complexity of both historical and contemporary Indian manhood. For more than four hundred years, Native American men have played a host of other roles that have shaped American history in concrete ways and that offer important insights into the construction of masculine identities and the social structures that support them.

Contact and Colonization in Early America

Some of the most telling episodes in the first century of Indians' ...

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