Iroquois Kinship Essay
ANT 101 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
April 17, 2013
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 …show more content…
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