week 5 day 3 - Gender Relations Extremely separate Women...

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Unformatted text preview: 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...
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