A Cherokee woman had more rights and power than European women. She decided whom she would marry, and the man built a house for her, which was considered her property, or else he came to her or her mother's house to live. The house and children were hers...

A Cherokee woman had more rights and power than European women. She decided whom she would marry, and the man built a house for her, which was considered her property, or else he came to her or her mother's house to live. The house and children were hers...

(c) Edward S. Curtis/Library of Congress {link: https://www.loc.gov/rr/print/coll/067_curt.html?&utm_source=LTcom}

(c) Edward S. Curtis/Library of Congress {link: https://www.loc.gov/rr/print/coll/067_curt.html?&utm_source=LTcom}

Cherokee matrilineal kinship system. A child is related to his mother, & through her to his brothers & sisters. He is also related to his mother’s brothers, sisters & mother. A child is NOT related to his FATHER. The important male relative in a child’s life is his mother’s brother. White men who married Cherokee women were shocked to find they weren't considered to be related to their own children, & that mothers had control over the children not them. She was head of the family.

Cherokee matrilineal kinship system. A child is related to his mother, & through her to his brothers & sisters. He is also related to his mother’s brothers, sisters & mother. A child is NOT related to his FATHER. The important male relative in a child’s life is his mother’s brother. White men who married Cherokee women were shocked to find they weren't considered to be related to their own children, & that mothers had control over the children not them. She was head of the family.

anthony luke's not-just-another-photoblog Blog: Fascinating 19th Century Portraits of Native American Indians ~ By Photographer Frank A. Rinehart

anthony luke's not-just-another-photoblog Blog: Fascinating 19th Century Portraits of Native American Indians ~ By Photographer Frank A. Rinehart

Geronimo: Chiricahua Apache(Chiricahua: “one who yawns); Geronimo defended his people against the encroachment of the US on their tribal lands for over 25 years. While Geronimo said he was never actually a chief, he was a military leader. As a Chiricahua Apache, this also meant he was also a spiritual leader.

Geronimo: Chiricahua Apache(Chiricahua: “one who yawns); Geronimo defended his people against the encroachment of the US on their tribal lands for over 25 years. While Geronimo said he was never actually a chief, he was a military leader. As a Chiricahua Apache, this also meant he was also a spiritual leader.

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