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Susan LA Flesche Picotte, M.D.: Omaha Indian Leader and Reformer

Susan LA Flesche Picotte, M.D.: Omaha Indian Leader and Reformer by Benson Tong 0806131403 9780806131405
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Susan La Flesche Picotte, born in a tipi on the plains in 1865, went on to become the first American Indian woman doctor. This interpretive biography focuses on Picottes cultural mediation as she moved between two seemingly irreconcilable cultures-her changing Omaha life in the West & the world of college, medical training, & politics in the East. Benson Tong reveals that although Susan La Flesche Picotte accepted some values in the U.S. governments turn-of-the-century Americanization policy toward Indians, she never abandoned her Omaha heritage. Like other mediators, she had an ambivalent, bicultural identity, one based in part on traditional status & roles. As the daughter of a chief, she learned a sense of tribal responsibility early on, & later she used her education, abilities, & eastern connections to work for Progressive-Era reforms among her people. Susan La Flesche Picotte, M.D. provides an intimate portrait of an Omaha woman, born in a time of tumultuous change, who achieved some measure of success as a teacher, doctor, & crusader for temperance & Indian-policy reform. It also tells of a woman who struggled to balance a demanding career with a life of devotion to her family & community. This inspiring biography will be valued by readers of American Indian history, womens studies, the history of medicine, & the history of the American West.

Author: Benson Tong

Language: English

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 285

Publisher: Univ of Oklahoma Pr

Publication Date: 1999-07-01

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