Stages of Personal Development
orphans took up a role model, hunter and leader and went
to live with family that provided with food clothing and
use of family horses. Received formal training in hunting
man- doing raids, brave fighter became worthy young man.
-First to defend camp from raiders
-keep open house and feed visitors and guests frequently.
Warriors organized social functions and had definite duties
and participated in dances.
- Warriors higher prestige level than worthy young men.
- Worthy young men required to own number of horses, hides
and other material possessions.
Warrior societies had their own songs and insignia.
Oskapewisak "servers", were pipe carrier servers,
served food and worked for ceremonial lodges.
child was nurtured and reminded of her role in life early
in childhood. Fertility prayers are said for female childhood
and to be a good worker. The child is taught to watch
craft making at an early age and encouraged to try it
out. The girl is prepared for the rites of passage at
puberty. The girl is taught the craft of sewing, quillwork,
manners about marriage and the roles she has to play and
all womanly responsibilities. Her mentor is paid with
offerings to teach her. The mentors had gone through the
rites of passage and know what they have to teach to pass
on the knowledge to the young girl.
arranged marriages may have been done at infancy or at
the time in the young girl's life. The prospect son in
law is monitored by the future in-laws of his behavior,
attitudes, bravery, provider, raider and material possessions.
The woman marries and is ready for anything that needs
to be done to keep a household as young as fourteen and
older women teach younger girls as their own children
or other members of their band. She teaches about herbs
and plant medicines. Her mentor can also take her on a
vision quest and guide her in ceremonial participation,
which is singing and praying for people.