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Native American Families
A look at the Native American family units from before colonization to the present day.
# 23815 | 2,039 words | 5 sources | APA | 2002 | US

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This paper provides a detailed history of Native American families and the way they functioned. It traces these units from before the Americas were settled by the Europeans and their adaption to reservation life. The paper also examines the revival of Native American culture and family appreciation in modern America.

From the Paper:

"Native American girls are taught all they need to know to be a good Indian wife. They were taught to make clay pots, weave baskets, mend clothes, and scrape skins, set snare traps, cook and other chores. Some tribal women even constructed the homes and furniture for the homes. Young girls had much more responsibility in learning than young boys. Young girls reached adulthood when they experienced their first menstrual period. She was whisked off by the older tribal women to a isolated hut to spend at least four days. Many tribes performed rituals when a girl reached womanhood. Some were painful and isolation was common, but public celebrations would follow the rituals."

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Native American Families (2003, April 16) Retrieved June 30, 2022, from

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"Native American Families" 16 April 2003. Web. 30 June. 2022. <>