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Carol Williams

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780252037153

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252037153.001.0001

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Making a Living

Making a Living

Anishinaabe Women in Michigan’s Changing Economy

(p.46) Chapter 2 Making a Living
Indigenous Women and Work

Alice Littlefield

University of Illinois Press

This chapter records Michigan Anishinaabe women's long history of occupational mobility and creative adaptation against the impositions of federal policies, from women's earliest involvement in the global fur trade of the seventeenth century to waged and entrepreneurial service in tourism of the Upper Peninsula. Enriched by interviews conducted in the early 1990s with women of the Saginaw Chippewa, the chapter focuses on the postwar-era generations of women and their efforts to gain entry to postsecondary education and subsequently to white-collar and professional labor. It shows how they secured opportunities unavailable to their mothers but only because foremothers were so resourceful and persevering.

Keywords:   Anishinaabe women, occupational mobility, Michigan, indigenous women, women's work, federal policy, fur trade, tourism, Upper Peninsula

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