KLAMATH (North-American Natives)
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“Until the age of six or seven, boys and
girls play together as much as they wish. When a bit older they will be
warned not to be intimate with members of the opposite sex, but young
children often play at “man and wife” in imitation of their elders, using the
proper status terms for husband and wife and pretending to keep house. The boys
go off to hunt, and the girls wait for them to bring meat home to cook. Such
play is not discouraged, nor is it apparently encouraged” (Pearsall, 1950). The
history of a 33-year-old female Klamath was less merriful: “She received no
direct sex training, and was 18 before she discovered the significance of her
menses. Her first sexual experience was at 8, when she was molested by a
“Erotic” songs pass under the name of pilpil or puberty songs (Gatschet, 1890). “They include lines on signs of womanhood, courting, love sentiments, disappointments in love, marriage fees paid to parents, on marrying and on conjugal life. […] [T]hey all refer in fact to love-making and kindred sentiments, the satiric lines confirming the proverbial inclination of lovers to fight among themselves”.
D. F., Growing Up Sexually.
Last revised: Sept 2004
 Pearsall, M. (1950) Klamath
Childhood and Education.
 Spier, L. (1930) Klamath
 Gatschet, A. S. (1890) The
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