In Cherokee society, the title of ghigau is awarded to women who have performed an exceptional service for the tribe. They receive many honors, rights and responsibilities, such as a vote in the General Council and control over the fate of prisoners condemned to death. Ghigau can be translated as either 'beloved woman,' or 'war woman,' and some earned the tile by leading Cherokee forces to victory after their husbands died in battle. One such woman, known as Nan'yehi or Nancy Ward, became an important leadership figure for many decades starting in the 1750s. She negotiated with American settlers and passed on skills she learned from them like spinning, weaving and animal domestication.