Wed May 23, 2012, 12:23 AM
XemaSab (58,092 posts)
Tribe plans to blockade part of Lake Shasta during war dance
The Winnemem Wintu Tribe is planning to hold a war dance that includes blockading a section of Lake Shasta on Memorial Day weekend, one of the busiest weekends for tourism on the lake.
The war dance is in response to the U.S. Forest Service's refusal to close down a section of the lake so it can hold a coming-of-age ceremony for teenage girls in the tribe. The forest service has not granted the tribe’s request this year.
“We have been backed into a corner with no other choice,” said Caleen Sisk, the Winnemem’s spiritual leader and chief. “But instead we have to fight simply to protect our young women from drunken harassment.”
Sisk said this year’s ceremony is important because Marisa Sisk is expected to go through the ceremony. The 16-year-old niece of Caleen Sisk is expected to become the tribe’s next chief.
(Cross-posted to GD too: http://www.democraticunderground.com/1002718088 )
I have a question. The current chief has a daughter, but it's the niece who is next in line. Why would this be, and is it common?
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Wed May 23, 2012, 02:27 AM
Ecumenist (5,828 posts)
2. If they're Matrilineal, then it would make sense... the daughter of the chief's sister would
potentially be more "important" in terms of inheritance to Chief Sisk that her own daughter. Whereas, her daughter would be taken care of int hat respect by her male siblings, IIRC for the numerous cultural anthropology classes I took in university.
Let me live in a house by the side of the road, where the race of the man go by. The men who are good and the men who are bad; As good or as bad as I.I would not sit in the scorner's seat nor hurl the cynic's ban, just let me sit in a house by the side of the road and be a friend to man. Sam Walter Foss