Nothing is more real than the woman’s superiority.
It is they who really maintain the tribe, the nobility of blood, the geological
tree, the order of generations and conservation of families.
In them resides all the real authority: the lands, the fields and all their harvest
belong to them; they are the soul of the councils, the arbiters of peace and war,
they hold all the taxes and public treasure; it is to them that the slaves are entrusted;
they arrange the marriages; the children are under their authority; and the order of succession is founded on THEIR blood….
The Council of Elders which transacts all the business does not work for itself.
It seems that they serve only to represent and aid the women in the matters in which decorum does not permit the latter to appear or act….
The women choose their chiefs among their maternal brothers or their own children.
Father Joseph-Francois Lafitau
Customs of the American Indians
compared with the Customs of Primitive Times (1712)
Does this sound like we were a Patriarchial Society, no we were not, that concept came with contact, when the white man came to our shores from across the Great Water…….
Could some one please educated Mr. Arvol Looking Horse and the American Indian Movement of that fact, and do us all a favor…..
“When Anna Mae came, what was suppose to happen with the evolution of the Indian Movement in this country was that, the women, we were suppose to hand the staff to them. All of our societies, all our tribal governments, all of our councils were governed by women.
We are a matriarchal society by nature. It was the wasciu that came and created the patriarchal mentality.
We were blessed with the golden opportunity in the 1970’s to recognize that and surrender power to who it belongs to, which is the women.
Incredibly enough, because of the insanity of the times, the women turned on themselves and each other, and the men tried to destroy that one opportunity we had as Indian people to go forward.”
Richard Two Elk 1999