Char-Koosta (Dixon, Mont.) 1971-1985, January 01, 1982, Image 17

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U p d a te o n s e x roles: Women worked harder “The myths we have about sex and sex roles in other cultures may tell us more about our own culture than about theirs,” says Dr. Janet Spector, professor of anthropology at the University of Minnesota. “Women were and are much more important to their cultures than male anthropologists used to think. After all, anthropologists talked mainly to tribal males. And women’s roles were ignored even by the old female anthropologists, who were all trained by men.” Typical is the myth of woman as the “weaker vessel.” Dr. Spector could find no support for it in her studies of the Indian tribes who hunted, farmed and gathered food on our western Great Plains. Among the Hidatsa Indians, for example, the women built and repaired the earth lodges, made all the household furnishings, planted the crops, gathered the wood, hauled the water and prepared all the food and medicines. The men, on the other hand, contributed four poles to the construction of each lodge, grew tobacco and spent the rest of their time “preparing for hunts and raids.” When the men finally did get around to hunting, they brought home muskrat more often than buffalo, Dr. Spector discovered. “And how much strength does it take to hunt a small animal mired in a swamp?” Among some groups, in fact, child care was relegated almost entirely to the men —which, as many a harried modern mother might speculate, is probably how they came to be called “braves.” From Woman’s Day Magazine J A N U A R Y 1 9 8 2 Sunday M o nday Tuesday W ednesday Thursday Friday Saturday / Q U A R T E R L Y - P A B L O - 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 C O U N C I L D E A D L IN E FOR J A N U A R Y 15 C H A R -RO O S T A 9 1 0 1 1 1 2 1 3 1 4 1 5 1 6 1 7 1 8 1 9 2 0 2 1 2 2 2 3 / 31 2 5 D E A D L IN E FOR F E B R U A R Y 1 C H A R -K O O S T A 2 6 2 7 28 D E C E M B E R 5 M T W T F S 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 29 F E B R U A R Y S M T W T F S 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 3 0 Page 17 January 1 ,1 982.

Char-Koosta (Dixon, Mont.), 01 Jan. 1982, located at <http://montananewspapers.org/lccn/sn79007540/1982-01-01/ed-1/seq-17/>, image provided by MONTANA NEWSPAPERS, Montana Historical Society, Helena, Montana.