" 'Now we act more like Women
than Head Men': Gender and the Native American
in the Colonial South"
It is my intention within this paper to look at the changes brought to the
gender construction of Southeastern Native Americans by contact with
Europeans during the Eighteenth century. I intend to look at the
construction of gender that were evident in both European and Native
American society during this period and argue that the hierarchical,
dualistic system of the Europeans was to conflict with and bring radical
change to the balanced tripartite system of the Native American. The paper
will also ask if gender roles, at least within current ideology, even
existed within Native American communities and, if not, then what changes
were brought about by their introduction with the arrival of the Europeans?