Parental and Other Caretaker Roles

As the primary food processors and tenders of camps and households, women have also assumed the major responsibility for nurturing and caring for young children. Women are assisted in this by older daughters and by their parents or husband's parents who frequently live nearby. Men begin taking a more active role in their children's everyday lives when the latter attain early adolescence and can be socialized in hunting and other bush-living skills. Sometimes a father will train both sons and daughters in these matters.

It is not uncommon in Chipewyan society for aging grandparents to adopt one of their grandchildren either temporarily or on a permanent basis. Many Chipewyan women, in particular, have come of age learning vital bush-living skills from their grandmothers rather than their mothers.

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