Growing Up Sexually




 PAPAGO (North-American Natives)


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A Papago woman remembers that “love thoughts, unlike rumours on the Sioux, did not arise till child-bearing age, the girls working and playing “with the thought of establishment in mind” (Underhill, 1936 [1979:p92])[1][43]. It was felt that marriage should synchronise with the awakening of sex interest and some informants appoint 12 as a marriageable age for a girl (Underhill, 1939 [1969:p179])[2][44]. The husband may be 16 or 17. After polluarche, a boy asked his father to find him a wife (p94). Adults are, “when sober, prudish in regard to sex. All references are subsumed under the category of malas palabres (bad words)” (p102).












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][43] Underhill, R. M. (1936 [1979]) Papago Woman. New York: Holt, Rinehart & Winston

[2][44] Underhill, R. M. (1939) Social Organization of the Papago Indians. ColumbiaUniversity Contributions in Anthropology 30. New York: AMS, 1969 reprint