Iroquois Kinship Essay

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Iroquois Kinship
Tiffany Wheeler
ANT 101 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
Alfred Wilfong
April 17, 2013

Iroquois Kinship
The Iroquois people were very structured, with the women being the top dogs in their social setting. Iroquois women were in control of crops, particularly maize, and that gave them control over more than just a food source. Men were allowed to do their job as long as the women agreed with what they were doing. If women were against a particular raiding activity, they withheld maize from the warriors, which meant the men could not go (Nowak, 1979). Properties were inherited by females, such as land and tools. After marriage, men moved in with their wives to their longhouse.
Marriage was encouraged
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It is also considered taboo in our society to marry someone closely related to you. Unlike the Iroquois, I do not personally know anyone that believes marrying a cousin is in the best interest for the family. If asked, most of my colleagues would probably say that marrying in the family would be detrimental to any potential offspring of the union. On the subject of divorce, there are a lot of legal actions that need to be taken to end a marriage in my society. Sometimes it is one partner that makes the decision, sometimes it is a mutual agreement that the marriage is no longer successful. Men are not subjected to simply waiting for the day that their wife throws their belongings in the front yard and the marriage is over. There is a lot more to it than that.
I would have to say that kinship does partially impact some behaviors in my life. There are some societal "norms" that I do adhere to, and others that I choose to ignore. For example, society states that a marriage is a union only between a man and a woman. However, I have had my own private wedding ceremony in the past between my partner and myself. It was not a legally binding ceremony, but it meant something to me. There are many in my family that would frown upon the mere symbolism of the ceremony, regardless of whether it was legally binding or not. I feel that regardless of what my family's kinship and society

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