Lake Yokuts: (3,3,3,3,-,-; 8,-)

YOKUTS (North-American Natives)


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Marriage was arranged by parents when the girl is 10-15, marriage following when aged 20 (Gayton, 1948:p194)[1][79]. Undesired sexual intercourse in adolescence is feared, and the girl stayed close to home or companions. Also, “The mother would tell the girl about having babies when she was small […] [author’s note: “Presumably the lore, so to say: there was no concealment of sex in this intimately housed society”]”.

“They frequently arranged betrothals at puberty and made every effort to see that the marriage not only took place, but continued. […] The actual puberty ceremony, which was looked upon as a betrothal ceremony, a declaration of intentions by both families concerned, was made by a boy’s mother. The parents had previously reached an agreement in the matter” (Gayton, 1948, I). “The girl might be betrothed, though not irreversibly, at puberty; marriage would take place some years later” (Spier, 1978)[2][80]. “The marriage pact concluded with a feast. Sometimes such arrangements were made before the two individuals involved had reached puberty” (Wallace, 1978)[3][81].













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][79] Gayton, A. H. (1948) Yokuts and Western Mono Ethnography. Vol II: Northren Foothill Yokuts and Western Mono. Berkeley & Los Angeles: University of California Press

[2][80] Spier, R. F. G. (1978) Foothill Yokuts, in Heizer, R. (Ed.) Handbook of North American Indians. Vol.8. Washington: Smithsonian Institution, p471-84

[3][81] Wallace, W. J. (1978) Southern Valley Yokuts, in Heizer, R. (Ed.) Handbook of North American Indians. Vol.8.. Washington: Smithsonian Institution, p448-61