Wyandot Government: A Short Study of Tribal Society

Smithsonian Institution - Bureau of Ethnology

Author: J.W. Powell
Published: 1880
Language: English
Wordcount: 6,095 / 25 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 68.1
LoC Category: Q
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Added to site: 2005.10.26
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e cultivation of the tract, and should this duty be neglected the council of the gens calls the responsible parties to account.

Cultivation is communal; that is, all of the able-bodied women of the gens take part in the cultivation of each household tract in the following manner:

The head of the household sends her brother or son into the forest or to the stream to bring in game or fish for a feast; then the able-bodied women of the gens are invited to assist in the cultivation of the land, and when this work is done a feast is given.

The wigwam or lodge and all articles of the household belong to the woman--the head of the household--and at her death are inherited by her eldest daughter, or nearest of female kin. The matter is settled by the council women. If the husband die his property is inherited by his brother or his sister's son, except such portion as may be buried with him. His property consists of his clothing, hunting and fishing implements, and such articles as are used personally by hims

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