Being Catawba: The World of Sally New River, 1746-1840 Public Deposited

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  • March 20, 2019
  • Bauer, Brooke
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of History
  • This dissertation analyzes a segment of the history of the Catawba Indian Nation of South Carolina by concentrating on how Catawba women in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries created, promoted, and preserved a Catawba identity through kinship, land ownership, and economic productivity. Catawba kinship, land, and pottery were and are the most important distinguishing attributes of being Catawba. Each of the three aspects are interconnected with land serving as the foundation upon which Catawba people formed a nation through their kinship connections and as a space where Catawba women collected clay for pottery. Whereas scholarship on the Catawbas has stressed dramatic transformation, focusing on the lives of eighteenth and early nineteenth-century Catawba women reveals startling continuities in Catawba ways of being. This dissertation tells a story of Catawba women’s lived experiences and their adaptive responses to the immense change occurring in their world by focusing on their economic, political, and social relationships.
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  • Maynor Lowery, Malinda
  • Watson, Harry L.
  • Perdue, Theda
  • Riggs, Brett
  • DuVal, Kathleen
  • Doctor of Philosophy
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Graduate School
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  • 2016

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