Growing Up Sexually


QUINAULT (North-American Natives)


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See also: North-America Non-Natives





Storm (1990)[1][114]:


“A girl of twelve or thirteen was ready for marriage and by that time, as well as trained in spiritual beliefs and routine medicine, she could cook, weave, make baskets, and tend smaller children expertly. In other words, she exhibited all the housekeeping and child rearing abilities we associate today with women in their thirties”.


“After her fifth menses had passed the girl’s mother invited the women and a few old men of the village to a feast. The day was spent in singing songs, dancing, and feasting. At the end each guest received a present. Her long stay in the dark cell was now over. But her companion remained with her constantly, and she continued her daily baths. She was now regarded as eligible for marriage, and ordinarily did marry within a short time” (Olson, 1936:p105-6)[2][115].














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][114] Storm, J. M. (1990) Land of the Quinault. Taholah, Wash.: Quinault Indian Nation

[2][115] Olson, R. L. (1936) The Quinault Indians. Seattle, Wash.: The University of Washington. Yet: “Young men ordinarily did not contemplate marriage until the all-important supernatural power had been acquired, but girls were regarded as fit for marriage as soon as they had completed the five months of seclusion. From that time until marriage the girl was closely watched lest she have affairs and become pregnant. Marriage was largely regulated by the parents, yet the wishes of the young were seldom violated”. CF. Storm, op.cit.: “Having gone through her rituals of several months, the girl was ready for marriage”.