The First Europeans to arrive in North America’s various regions relied on Native women to help them navigate unfamiliar customs and places. The study of these legendary females examines their initial contact with Euro-Americans, their negotiation of multinational frontiers, and their symbolic representation over time. The author demonstrates their shrewd use of diplomacy and fulfillment of social roles and responsibilities in pursuit of their communities’ future advantage. Maps and illustrations with index. 6 x 9 size.