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Education

 

Education of young children was mostly the women’s responsibility, and they remained at the camp while the men went hunting or fishing. Children were introduced to group chores, but a lot of time was left for play. They learned how to mount a shelter, find wood, prepare meat, tan hides, and make tools for everyday life. Priests who first made contact with the communities were surprised that adults never scolded their children and it was very rare that they used force. Physical punishment was almost completely absent, which never failed to irritate some of these priests, as demonstrated in their journals[1]. When boys reached adolescence they were called upon to learn from their elders, they learned the art of hunting, fishing and later war.

Today communities are established in houses, while they still pursue traditional activities such as hunting and fishing, people have jobs and children are sent to school.

[1] Le Jeune, Paul. The Jesuit Relations 1633, 5, 196.