next arrow
previous

Remember the Rainforest 1

 

Home

Expedition Index

Itinerary

Etchings

Maps

Plants

Animals

People / Scenes

Lessons

Green Girl's Eco Club

Eco SuperHeroes RTR2

Free Posters

Authors / Artists

Contact us

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

another, because the Indians are all the same, and live outside any social connection, republican or patriarchal association.

The family ties themselves are very loose among them; Only rarely is the Indian interested in his eldest children and soothes their quarrels. There is no precedence between old and young, since age does not seem to have any prestige. It has often happened to us to see children and young people practicing the greatest indecency before the old, eating the meal before them, taking the best places by the fire, quarreling with them, and recklessly deciding matters, etc., without being reprimanded by anyone. The influence of the Portuguese has raised the most intelligent among them, who are flattered by the title of captain, and exert certain supremacy over others. On a war expedition, when the chief hunter is chosen, they choose one who killed the most enemies or the most jaguars, etc., and who has the most cunning. In ordinary life, his voice is unchallenged, and one or the other who obeys him follows him wherever he pleases, if he takes the trouble of thinking or arguing about the advantage, for example, of a favorable place to hunt, or about exchange of goods with whites, his followers agree with him. At home, each one follows his own mind; Sometimes several families inhabit the same hut, and yet live entirely separate and independent of each other. They mutually respect their properties; As far as food and drink is concerned, they share, for the most part, the supplies in common, and therefore rarely fight with each other; on the contrary, more often the raids are jealous raids, when rivals then punch each other, without the rest taking sides. In general, however, it is the poor enslaved woman who gravely atones for guilt.

Indians live in free monogamy or polygamy. Each one takes care of as many women as he wants and can support, and repudiates them when he pleases; The repudiated woman then seeks a new husband. The most common, however, is that of a man having one woman, after another. Marriages take place very early, and are proliferative; we found mothers in their twenties who already had four children; However, we have rarely seen a family of more than four children.

The marriage is done without any party; the only ceremony is the offering of fruit, which the suitor takes to the bride's parents, whereby he assumes the silent obligation to support the woman with his hunting. Among fathers and daughters, brothers and sisters, we never noticed dubious relationships; certain tribes of Indians, however, are given to crime against nature. Whereas man deals exclusively with hunting, war and weapons preparation,

251