Huronhood Essay

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Welcoming a new baby into the word is an exciting event for any member of any society. A baby brings hope and promise to societies as well as a sense of purity. For this reason it is apparent that the Huron’s appreciated and honoured babies in the same light as modern day Ontarians do. Babies were an important aspect of Huron societies; they were well liked and often times they were taken care of by everyone within the Huron village. Women would play the largest role in the upbringing of children, and it was suggested that they would rejoice more at the birth of a girl than that of a boy.

When addressing conception, the Huron peoples did not consider sex to be something that should be hidden, however privacy was encouraged and achieved
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In modern day society all women don’t have this luxury, and men often times do their best to avoid the responsibility. This plays a role into why Huron’s trace their ancestry through the mothers side, as you couldn’t always be certain of who your father was and they didn’t have paternity testing back then.

In modern days, naming conventions of children have no specific time or place, a mother and father are able to name their child whenever they please. However, in seventeenth century Huronia newborn babies were only to be named once they had their ears pierced . The ears would be pierced with the use of an awl, fishbone or quill. Infants of seventeenth century Huronia were breast fed until 2 or 3 years of age. This is a very controversial subject in modern day society. Modern day women and men both have very strong opinions on what age is appropriate to breast feed, and what age
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In modern day society, children are always being monitored. If its in a classroom with a teacher present, or while they are playing at recess with volunteers monitoring them. The difference in dynamics of allowing children the freedom to grow up without direct supervision has to do with the increase in crime in modern day society. Although there was corruption and misconduct of the laws in seventeenth century Huronia, they did also have palisades preventing intruders from entering their villages; modern day societies don’t always have these forms of gates. When it came to their formal education and training, they learned their skills from that games they would play. Much of their upbringing was centred around preparing them for adulthood. Boys were taught to be hardy, brave and self-reliant which in a modern day society may even be seen as gender role assigning, and can often times be frowned

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