Canela Discussion

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8FEB2008 Canela Discussion Canela video draws back to a consideration of kinship, which is how they perceive society being held together. Canela engage in a great deal of extramarital sex Jealously is seen as a bad thing in Canela society but in our society it is viewed just as the obverse William Crocker makes a great big deal about this extramarital sex Sex is fun! Sex is an emotional bonding experience Canela like a lot of other people don’t think about kinship in the same way that you and I do. Kinship: 1) Blood – DNA Biology “Time Sharing of a common uterus” 2) Provider Based Ex: Kaluli, Nuer Social Relatedness, Movement of cows! Social parenthood seen as more important than biological parenthood 3) Partible Paternity Canela don’t view fatherhood and motherhood the same way as we do Many language societies in Brazil (Cge) see parenthood this way The notion of partible paternity believes that each person can and should have more than one biological father Conception and development seen to be intertwined Each man who has sex with a woman who becomes
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pregnant is seen as contributing to the growing fetus Each man’s ejaculate becomes part of that child The husband is the primary father All other men in the hunting society or wherever she is engaging become co-fathers As a result this child will have multiple fathers Notion of brother and sister seems to be extended This notion of multiple fathers is seen as beneficial to the child as the child is very well taken care of. Portions from a hunt go to each man’s partible child If a woman’s husband dies on a hunt, or something, that child is still going to be well taken care of because they have something like eight fathers still When a woman gives birth to a child she walks around the village and announces each man that she had sex with If a man denies being a partible father of a child he becomes an outcast Canela also live in a matrilineal society Canela also a matrilocal society Men live where the wife’s mother lives - All female relatives live together their whole life - Man moves into the house of the woman - Each child growing up in a house has many mothers - The word “aunt” barely exists in the Canela language. - The word “mother” extends to mother and the maternal aunts - Each person has many mothers - If the mother dies there are plenty of women to step in and take over the “motherhood” role
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- This creates an incredible safety net for the children - This creates an incredible power and political situation in Canela society Male power exists in the center of the village with the woman being on the outer ring The ceremonial grounds are in the center of the village Canela is a horticultural society The women work the land In a matrilineal society this gives women an incredibly powerful position in Canela society because they bring-in approximately 70% of the food, and with great frequency There is a great ceremony for the successful hunt because there isn’t a high likelihood of the men returning with meat
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This note was uploaded on 05/03/2008 for the course ANTHRO 212 taught by Professor Matthews during the Spring '08 term at MATC Madison.

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