Treasure Valley Reads: The “Cult of Domesticity” Meets the Reservation
Join Dr. Amy Canfield for a presentation hosted by Treasure Valley Reads and the Idaho State Museum. Learn about the experiences of Shoshone-Bannock women living on the Fort Hall Reservation during assimilation efforts of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Federal policies geared towards assimilating tribal members at this time largely concerned land. Regulations, such as the Dawes Act, took reservation lands from the tribal whole and allotted parcels to individuals. At a time of separate roles for men and women in “mainstream” U.S. culture, the new gendered norms imposed by these policies resulted in dramatic changes to the roles of tribal women within their societies and families. They challenged these new expectations in a variety of ways. By examining women’s experiences at Fort Hall, we can see how race, class, gender, and culture all intersected.
Due to the nature of the topic, this presentation is for guests 18 and older.
Presentation is free, regular admission prices for access to the museum.