Bureau of American Ethnology

Bureau of American Ethnology

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1904 edition. Excerpt: ... hot, will permanently suspend the menses at the expiration of four months. For two months the flow is said to be copious and of a very dark color: in the third month the color is normal, and in the fourth month the discharge is almost colorless. This root is kept by certain old medicine men and women, who carefully guard the secret, that the young women may not procure the medicine and therein' render themselves incapable of becoming mothers. Specimens of the root referred to were collected during the summer of 1!M.)4 and are now with the remainder of the plant collection in the National Museum. u Dr Washington Matthews suggests that this powder is probably a mixture of piSon gum and red willow. It was certainly a most effective antiseptic. MARRIAGE CUSTOMS The marriage ceremony of the Zufiis is very simple. When a man is pleased with a girl, he manages to meet her on the road ar.d tell her of his admiration, asking permission to go to her house. If she favors the suitor, she replies: "Wait until I speak to my father and mother." Another day he meets the girl and inquires what the father and mother have said, and if the parents are willing, he accompanies the girl to her home. The mother asks him to be seated and directs her daughter to bring food and place it on the floor before the guest. Should the girl hesitate either from lack of interest in the man or from love of coquetry (for the Zufii maidens are all coquettes), she is admonished by one or both of her parents. After bringing the repast the girl takes her seat facing the visitor. While he eats, the parents sit on one side and talk to the man about the duties of a husband to a wife. When the repast is finished, the father calls the man to him, the wife sitting by the husband's...show more

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  • Paperback | 324 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 17mm | 581g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236515382
  • 9781236515384