More: Arapaho, Assiniboine, Athabascans, Blood/
Blackfoot, Cherokee, Chipewyans, Apache Chiricahua, Comanches, Crow, Dakota, Flathead, Gros
Ventre, Hopi, Huron, Ingalik, Copper
Inuit, Iñupiat, Iroquois, Kaska, Kiowa-Apache, Klamath, Kutenai, Kwakiutl, Lakota, Mohave, Mantagnais
/ Naskapi, Navajo, Nootka, Ojibwa, Omaha, Pawnee, Paiute, Point
Barrow, Pomo, Powhatans, Qipi, Quineault, San
Ildefonso, Sanpoil, Seminole, Shoshone, Shuswap, Sioux, Tinglit, Ute, Yokuts, Yurok, Zuñi
See also: North-America Non-Natives
Cheyenne girls, “famous among all Western
tribes for their chastity” wore chastity belts which was assumed upon puberty
(Llewellyn and Hoebel, 1941:p176-7, 261).
In theory, a girl had no say in marital arrangements; in practice, she
sometimes did. However, little boys and little girls court each other in
elaborate “camp” play, including going to bed [no sexological inferences are
made here] (Grinnell, 1923, I:110-5).
A Cheyenne boy was expected to court a
girl over a duration of one to five years, she being courted by five up to
twelve young men at the same time (I, p137-8).Formally, for a girl courtship began “soon after
maturity”; however, “Chastity
was emphasized”. At first menstruation, adolescent females went through a
purification ritual. They were painted
red and cleansed with smoke from a fire.
After this, the girl left with her grandmother for four days to live
in a small hut outside the village.
The girl’s father publicly announced the important family event to the
village and gave away a horse in honour of the event. After the four days passed, the girl was
again purified with smoke and could return.
-- Hoebel (1960)
D. F., Growing Up Sexually. Volume
I. World Reference Atlas. 0.2 ed.
2004. Berlin: Magnus Hirschfeld Archive for Sexology
revised: Jun 2005