Master of Arts (MA)
First Committee Member
Sue Fawn Chung
Number of Pages
This thesis focuses on "intercultural" marriages between Chinese immigrant men and Northern Paiute women who lived on or around the Walker River Reservation between 1860 and 1920, the years in which census manuscript records have been made public. Because of federal, state, and local laws, Chinese men sometimes sought marriage partners among Native American women because these relationships were not banned by law. Based upon federal, state, and local archives, census data, and oral interviews of descendants of Northern Paiute and Chinese "marriages," some insight into the reasons for these marriages have been ascertained from the perspective of descendants presently living on or around the Walker River Reservation.
Chinese; Fate; Intercultural; Marriages; Nevada; Paiute; Pawns; Reservation; River; River reservation; Schurz; Walker
Ethnology--Study and teaching; Ethnology
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
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Billhimer, Ruth Kretzler, "Pawns of fate: Chinese/Paiute intercultural marriages, 1860-1920, Walker River Reservation, Schurz, Nevada" (1998). UNLV Retrospective Theses & Dissertations. 917.
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