Thursday, December 29, 2011
Displays of Affection
I quote, "Lovers were never to be seen holding hands, and man and wife never showed any affection in public. There is no intimation here that the Sioux failed to know all that is necessary to know about the intimacies of marital affection, but this knowledge could not be bandied about. Any overt expression of affection would be uncouth."
The author further states that in events where women and men were both in attendance, they sat separately, with the women keeping their eyes downcast and whispering only to their neighbor. Likewise, the men did not exchange glances with the females as modesty and reserve "were the essence of fortitude."
It's great to be a fiction author. Although I can guarantee most of my facts are historically accurate, I cannot with any certainty say that kissing was indeed a custom practiced in private by the Lakota. I hope to get an answer from someone who might know. :) Feel free to share any resources here in the comments. I think we'd all like to know.