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...cement of the kinship system of tribal organization with the patriarchal nuclear family model, and the indoctrination of Indians to European gender standards) and through colonialist discourse about Indians that has very nearly erased the importance of Indigenous women throughout history as leaders, healers, warriors, and storytellers (63).
These programs aiming to destroy the kinship system illustrate how influential Native American women are in their families and in their community in terms of passing on information and retaining their culture in spite of colonization. Being a Native American woman entails not simply to refute stereotypes and sexism, but to pass on indigenous epistemologies to future generations as well as working to decolonize society and history by teaching information from their point of view rather than the point of view of Euro-American males.
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