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Gender Relations Extremely separate Women supposed to have been given first plants by their gods/mythical clans As a result, they have power of life (plant life, and human life) Men took part in diplomacy, ceremony, hard labor Hunted, war, etc Women did contain unwritten political power Controlled clan vengeance, justice Clans Mythological creatures In colonial times: Bear, Eagle, Wolf, Tyger (panther) Core of Creek society These houses stand in clusters of four, five, six, seven and eight together, irregularly distributed up and down the banks of rivers or small streams; each cluster of houses contains a clan, or family of relations, who eat and live in common Clans unite different towns in ways not even language could (clans cannot inner-marry) Matrilineal power Matrilocal: after marriage, man moved in with woman, connected two towns and two clans Kinship moved through mother Child belonged to clan of mother, not father Matrilineages lived together, tied into clans Hunting expeditions: man time uncles played with children, not fathers Chiefly Power Chief advised by head warriers (tustunnuggee thlucco) and Beloved Men Mix of matrilineal and experience On death of a micco, nephews would be tapped if one is not equal to his office, they elect another Intermarriage Perhaps most important linkage to outside world Absolutely necessary to become close to a Creek community Impact of British/Scottish traders Mixed offspring (half-breeds or mestizo) build ties to communities Maroons/Spanish Sanctuary ... View Full Document

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