Other Cross Sex Relationships

A person's comrade and confidante was expected to be of the same sex. Boys were encouraged to bond with a chum, sharing boys' activities and later adult employments, and girls with a sister or female cousin (English terminology). The only traditional cross-sex familiarity was between potential polygynous spouses, a man and his wife's sisters, between whom lewd joking was obligatory. A man's chum (there is a Blackfoot term for these comrades) might enjoy relaxed conversation with his chum's wife, but this extension of familiarity was not obligatory.

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