The Tetuwan Lakota were & are a Matriarchial Society!

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 (1724)

About Looking Back Woman-Suzanne Dupree

Tetuwan Lakota scholar, educator, historian, Sun Dance participant, Cannunpa carrier, cultural & spiritual preservationist, journalist-writer and fraud investigator.
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1 Response to The Tetuwan Lakota were & are a Matriarchial Society!

  1. Reblogged this on Looking Back Woman-Suzanne Dupree blog and commented:

    Just a reminder of whom at contact held the true power & authority, & why 1st Nations women were the target of demoralization from the first wave of the invading patriarchial society illegal immigrants.


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