WALAPAI (North American Natives)


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According to MacGregor[1][78], there are girl but not male initiation ceremonies. An informant: “When a boy has nocturnal emissions, no ceremonies or significance are attached to them. As a rule boys do not tell about them. When I have them, I dream about my relatives at the time”. Another informant: “A boy becomes interested in girls when he is about fourteen years old, but does not begin to have intercourse until sixteen. The girls are usually younger. The parents of a girl who has been having occasional intercourse with a boy may make her marry him two or three years later. Most people nowadays have promiscuous intercourse before they are married”. A third: “Promiscuity does not result in much illegitimacy because it is too occasional. The young people are afraid to have intercourse regularly” (cf. McKennan, p147).













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][78] Knifen, F., MacGregor, G., McKennan, R., Mekeel, S. & Mook, M. (1935) Walapi Ethnography. Memoirs of the American Anthropological Association 42, p136-40