Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Educational Theory, Policy, and Practice
ABSTRACT Qualitative research that explores and further examines the lived experiences of Native American women is an important, yet a frequently neglected, part of the history of the United States (US). This is an important avenue of investigation, as historians have traditionally marginalized many groups within U.S. society, including women and groups that can be viewed as part of the fabric of U.S. culture, yet exist as subcultures. Native Americans (indigenous peoples, ‘Indians’) should share a special place within U.S. society as First Americans; however, qualitative studies of Native American women, offered through a feminist lens as keepers of tradition and culture, are noticeably limited within studies of U.S. history. Case studies recorded in a narrative form give the researcher the opportunity to research, explore, examine, and engage appropriate participants. This method allows the researcher and the reader a view that may exist, but may be hidden from the mainstream. Storytelling through written narratives may create a story in relation to an individual’s experiences and thoughts. The story may be an oral history if the focus of the research is to obtain an oral account of the individual’s life. The purpose of this case study is to give three Native American women an opportunity to share their unique lived experiences and personal history. The researcher’s goal is to explore, interview, record, transcribe, analyze, and examine their lived experiences, expressed through the stories they tell.
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Kopacsi, Marjorie Larson, "How Native American women perceive their unique lived experiences : three women tell their stories" (2013). LSU Doctoral Dissertations. 831.