Husband Wife Relationships

Husbands and wives were expected to respect and support one another, socially and with complementary contributions to the household. Neither was permitted adultery, although men's extramarital sexual adventuring could be condoned and polygyny allowed men to keep more than one wife. Because polygyny ideally involved sisters married to one man, sisters- and brothers-in-law not only were permitted, but were expected, to joke lewdly with one another. Otherwise, propriety required avoidance of lewd-ness, even of telling obscene Napi stories, in the presence of in-laws. Men and their mothers-in-law showed extreme respect by not speaking directly to one another or remaining together in a room or tipi. On this account, a widowed woman would not move into a married daughter's home but occupied a small tipi (or cabin) near it. Fathers-in-law were not obliged to avoid sons' wives but treated them respectfully, as fathers did their adult daughters.

According to early reservation ethnographers, divorce was frowned upon. Census records of the time reveal multiple serial marriages, some due to the high mortality of the time, but others apparently couples' more-or-less voluntary separations. One is told that "So-and-so stole" or "ran away with" X's wife. Men who abused their wives were ordered by her family to desist, or the woman returned to her family. The notorious 1870 massacre of a Piegan community by U.S. troops under Colonel Baker was precipitated by a woman's male relatives murdering a European American husband who persisted in abusing her, disregarding warnings by the Piegans.

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