ARAPAHO (North-American Natives)
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Sister Hilger (1952) says little on Arapaho sexual development. Except from nude play in the water (p112), games that were prohibited after the girls showed signs of physical maturity, no observations are made. Late preadolescents have one or more chums (best playmates) before entering the boy’s ceremonial lodge at age 12. Girl’s childhood proper ends at puberty (p110, 111). There are no puberty or coming-of-age ceremonies.
D. F., Growing Up Sexually.
Last revised: Sept 2004