Growing Up Sexually





HURON (North-American Natives)


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Sagard (1632, II:p160, as cited by Ronhaar and Tooker)[1][83] speaks of “very early” immorality and prostitution. Talbot (1949:p58, as cited by Mees[2])[3] claimed that "[...] females prostituted themselves as early as they could, and fathers and mothers were panderers for their own daughters". As reviewed by Mees, "[t]he Huron were very open about their sexuality. They engaged in sexual expression soon after puberty and premarital sexual relations were considered to be perfectly normal [Trigger][4]. Promiscuity was characteristic of if not encouraged among the youth. Each village had its ‘procurers’ whose sole occupation was to bring young men and women together for intercourse [Anderson][5]".













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][83] Sagard, Th. F. G. le (1632) Le Grand Voyage au Pays des Hurons. Paris; Ronhaar, J. H. (1931) Woman in Primitive Motherright Societies. Groningen: Wolters/ London: D. Nutt, p335; Tooker, E. (1964) An Ethnography of the Huron Indians, 1615-1649. Washington: Smithsonian Institution, p125

[2] Mees, M. C. (1997) Teach Them the Moral Way of Living: The Meeting of Huron Sexuality and European Religion, Student Historical J []

[3] Talbot, F. X. (1949) Saint Among the Hurons. New York: Harper & Brothers


[4] Trigger, B. (1987) The Children of Aataentsic: A History of the Huron People to 1660. Kingston: McGill-Queens’s University Press, p48-9

[5] Anderson, K. (1991) Chain Her By One Foot: The Subjugation of Women in Seventeenth-Century New France. London: Routledge, p78