Personality Differences by Gender

Many stories are told about Napi, "Dawn-of-time Man" or "the Old Man." As in the legend of the First Marriages, Napi is impetuous, short-sighted, foolish, greedy, and lustful, but good-hearted. He is considered to personify men's innate nature. Women, again as in the First Marriages legend, are innately empowered to reproduce good homes, constantly working to process raw material into manufactures, including food. Boys, having Napi natures, roam around until able, in adolescence, to undertake responsibility. Girls have time to play but are expected to help with home tasks from about the age of 5 or 6. Groups of children play house, with the girls taking the role of homemaker and boys bringing them gophers to cook—although girls, too, snare small game. If girls are not playing with a group of boys, the boys will themselves skin and roast the gophers they catch. Each gender has an ideal and complementary role and personality, but pragmatically both men and women were capable of each others' tasks; before the reservations, parties of men were out at war for months, leaving camps of women to carry on provisioning themselves as well as processing raw materials. Settled on reservations, men might be away for days on ranching tasks.

Men talked about desiring docile modest wives, yet women were, and are, expected to be physically, mentally, and emotionally strong—partners with their husbands. A phrase, "manly-hearted" (translated also as "leader-hearted") applied to matrons known for strength of character and admirable accomplishments.

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