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Legal Codes and Talking TreesIndigenous Women's Sovereignty in the Sonoran and Puget Sound Borderlands, 1854-1946$
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Katrina Jagodinsky

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780300211689

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300211689.001.0001

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“Returning from the Enemy”

“Returning from the Enemy”

The Poetics and Politics of Indigenous Women’s Legal History

(p.1) Chapter 1 “Returning from the Enemy”
Legal Codes and Talking Trees

Katrina Jagodinsky

Yale University Press

This book explores the ways that Indigenous women dealt with the challenges posed by the existing legal codes in the Puget Sound and Sonoran borderlands during the period 1854–1946. Drawing on generations of interdisciplinary scholarship, it considers the poetics and politics of Indigenous legal history as well as the efforts of Indian women to achieve corporeal sovereignty—authority over their own bodies and progeny. The book looks at six Indigenous women and their families to survive settler colonialism and argues that nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century Native women critiqued their economic and sexual vulnerability under the legal regimes imposed on them by “enemy immigrants” and “purveyors of the law” who sought to dispossess Native Americans of their country and culture. The book is organized around issues of sex, servitude, gender, family property, space, and race.

Keywords:   corporeal sovereignty, Indigenous women, legal codes, Puget Sound, Sonoran borderlands, legal history, settler colonialism, Native women, Native Americans, sex

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