Husband Wife Relationship

The husband-wife relationship among the Western Shoshone was characterized by affection and companionship, and marriages that were not mutually acceptable were readily ended by either partner. There was no fixed rule concerning the disposition of children upon divorce. Husbands and wives ate together, slept together, and made decisions together. The relative dominance of one spouse or the other was determined by their individual personalities rather than by cultural rule. Among the Northern and Eastern Shoshone, the husband-wife relationship was also characterized by affection and companionship, but horse-based hunting resulted in larger local communities and competition among males for social rank based on their prowess as hunters and warriors. This, in turn, led husband-wife relationships to be somewhat less egalitarian than among the Western Shoshone.

Pregnancy And Childbirth

Pregnancy And Childbirth

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