Womens Roles in Cherokee Culture



Dr. Barbara Duncan, Education Director at the Museum of the Cherokee Indian in Cherokee, NC, will present a program about the role of women in Cherokee society on March 29, at 7 pm in Broyhill Chapel, Mars Hill University.
 
The program, which will be part of MHU's celebration of Women's History Month, is titled: "Cherokee Women: Respected Not Ranked; Contrasting Ways That Cultures Value Women." The event is free and open to the public.
 
According to Dr. Kim Reigle, a professor of English and a member of the MHU Regional Studies program, the program fits in well with the goals of Women's History Month, which is in March, because it calls attention to the contributions of women in history.
 
"People often tend to think of men when asked to identify influential and important leaders. Women’s History Month gives us a time to honor influential women in history." Reigle said. "The Cherokee included women among all roles. Some of the most surprising to Europeans were the 'war women' who fought alongside the men, and the women who were an influential presence in the Cherokee political sphere."
 
Dr. Barbara Duncan has a Ph.D. in folklore and folklife from the University of Pennsylvania.  Her award-winning books include Living Stories of the Cherokee (Thomas Wolfe Literary Award and Willie B. Parker Peace Prize) and the Cherokee Heritage Trails Guidebook with co-author Brett Riggs (Preserve America Presidential Award.)  
 
She received the Brown Hudson Folklore Award in 2008 for contributions to North Carolina folklore.  Duncan is also a published poet and songwriter.  Outside of her work for the museum, she has collaborated on a project using new methods to teach Cherokee language atwww.yourgrandmotherscherokee.com.  This work was recently featured in the Wall Street Journal.  Duncan is also a mother and grandmother and lives in western North Carolina. 
 
This event is sponsored at MHU by the Regional Studies Pro­gram, the Women’s Studies program, and the Liston B. Ramsey Center for Regional Studies.

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