POMO (North-American Natives)
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Among the Pomo Indians, child betrothal was common (Bean, 1978; Essene, 1942:p29; Gifford and Kroeber 1937:p148–9, 190-1). Before the Ghost ceremony, a boy must not have had sexual intercourse (Loeb, 1926). Loeb: “Before puberty [the girl] was allowed to play with boys, but after this period she was carefully watched. Some families allowed their girls to be promiscuous with young men after puberty, but these families were the exceptions. It was some years after puberty before girls married”. Powers (1877):
“One matter is notable among these Eel River Indians—I observed it
more especially among the Kai Pomo—and that is the
extreme youthfulness of both sexes when they arrive at the age of puberty. In
the warm and sheltered
D. F., Growing Up Sexually.
Last revised: Sept 2004
 Bean, L. J. (1978) Western Pomo and Northeastern Pomo.
 Loeb, E. M. (1926) Pomo Folkways.
 Powers, S. (1877) The Pomo, in Tribes of