Gender Roles In Dakota Culture Essay

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I do not agree with scholars who argue that Dakota women were subordinate to Dakota men. Waterlily is “about a girl who lived a century ago, in a remote camp-circle of the Teton Dakotas [Lakotas].”(Deloria vi). Ella Cara Deloria, author of Waterlily, explains her writing, “it reads convincingly to any who understands Dakota life... and it's purely the woman's point of view, her problems, aspirations, ideals, etc.”. (Deloria vi). In general, when our [westernized] culture hears that women are inferior to men, we think of it as sexist and unfair, not as a culturally acceptable idea. Gender relations in the Dakota tribe were very specific and there were no crossing of the sexes.
To begin, I think it is important to analyze the difference between “sex” and “gender”. Up until researching for this paper, I though that the two terms were interchangeable in meaning, rather, they are separate ideas that are connected. According to Mary K. Whelan, a Doctor of Anthropology focusing on gender studies, sex and gender are different. She states, “Western conflation of sex and gender can lead to the impression that biology, and not culture, is responsible for defining gender roles. This is clearly not the case.”. She continues with, “Gender, like kinship, does have a biological referent, but beyond a universal recognition of male and female "packages," different cultures have chosen to associate very different behaviors, interactions, and statuses with men and women. Gender categories are arbitrary constructions of culture, and consequently, gender-appropriate behaviors vary widely from culture to culture.” (23). Gender roles are completely defined by the culture each person lives in. While some may think that another culture is sexist, or demeaning in their ways, it does not mean that is what is how those judged view it.
For example, men and women took on different roles in the Dakota society. Men fought their enemies and held great honor doing so. They hunted buffalo, deer, and other wild animals (Deloria 240). The men's main priority in life was to make sure his family was safe and well-cared for. He was the protector and provider of all things. Women packed the houses each times the camp moved; they guarded all belongings during the march. Once they stopped, the women were in charge of unpacking and setting up the tipi. They laid out all bedding, gathered firewood, brought water, cooked, passed out food, and took care of children (Deloria 240). It was the women's job to run the household. She prepared what the men provided to care for the family. “Men's and women's worlds were complementary, but very much compartmentalized.” (Deloria 241). Gender roles do not include just physical responsibilities, they are also thought processes and emotions. Dakota women were more concerned with the welfare and reputation of their brothers, children and husbands. They learned...

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