Growing Up Sexually



 FLATHEAD (North-American Natives)


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See also: North-America Non-Natives



Turney-High (1937:p77)[1][41] stated that children were not allowed to romp in the lodge, and put to bed with the dark. “Therefore, if children refrained from sexual precocity, [they] were seen rather than heard […]”. Anyway, the pubertal girls were “well aware of the ordinary fact of sex [since] [t]he crowded lodges took care of that”. Girls were warned for menarche. “In common with the children of many tribes there was considerable sex exploration. This seems never have been formalized into sex games, nor does it have been normally heterosexual” (p82). There was considerable premarital sex (p82-4). A type of child marriage or betrothal was far from uncommon (p86), but consummation was said not to be “precocious”. Normaliter, girls married four years after puberty.












Janssen, D. F., Growing Up Sexually. VolumeI. World Reference Atlas. 0.2 ed. 2004. Berlin: Magnus Hirschfeld Archive for Sexology

Last revised: Sept 2004


[1][41] Turney-High, H. H. (1937) The Flathead Indians of Montana. Menasha, WI: American Anthropological Association