Negotiators of Change covers the history of ten tribal groups including the Cherokee, Iroquois and Navajo -- as well as tribes with less kwn histories such as the Yakima, Ute, and Pima-Maricopa. The book contests the idea that European colonialization led to a loss of Native American women's power, and instead presents a more complex picture of the adaption to, and subversion of, the ecomic changes introduced by Europeans. The essays also discuss the changing meainings of motherhood, women's roles and differing gender ideologies within this context.
Nancy Shoemaker has taught history at St. Lawrence University and Texas Christian University. During the spring of 1994, she was a Monticello College Foundation Fellow at the Newbury Library in Chicago, Illinois.