Native American Women

Published on January 13, 2012 by Amy

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Among many tribes of Native Americans throughout North America there were many different roles for Native American women. Their roles were very important to every Indian tribe. First of all women are important to any society since they are the bearers of children, but to Native American tribes the women had many other very important responsibilities. Among some American Indian tribes the women would make many of the weapons that were used for hunting and war, and also built the homes they lived in, gathered firewood, as well as herbs for medicine, and nuts and berries for food.

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Within many tribes the Native American women also did much of the farming while the men hunted for the food the Native women would then cook. Some tribes also had medicine women as well as their medicine men, and some of the tribes also believed that women possessed a stronger healing power, and their healing chants and herbal remedies were much more effective.

Another one of the many things the Native American women are known for are their amazing and beautiful crafts. The Native American women are the ones that made the crafts that have become very popular forms of art worldwide. Some of the crafts they are known most for are the hand woven and quilted blankets, colorful beaded necklaces, handmade and painted pottery. The women of the tribes were also responsible for all of the other daily tasks that were essential for the tribes’ survival, such as getting water from nearby streams and rivers.

They also made all of the clothing that the Native people wore, which they made out of the hides of the animals that the Native American men hunted. They would then decorate much of the clothing they made with various patterns of beads and feathers. No matter what tribe you are referring to, the women were always very important and had many different roles for the survival of the tribe. Although in some tribes the women were not allowed to participate in some of the spiritual ceremonies, they still always had other important positions.

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