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Other Social Customs

Other social customs such as marriage, birth, naming, etc., will be found described in Kroeber, 1925:492-499 and Steward, 1933:278-305. There is little point in giving these data here as they are scarcely adapted at present to museum representation. When the time is ripe to interpret them to museum visitors through pamphlets, it is hoped that fuller data on the Western Mono, Tubatulabal and Yokuts will have been published.

In order, however, to allay any misapprehension on the subject of war it may be said that the California tribes were in general very peaceable, the tribes in question here being no exceptions, Squabbles did occur, but warfare never become a great pursuit as among other tribes in the east, noteably, those in the Plains. There seems to have been no scalp ceremony or victory dance among the peoples on either side of the Sierra. In fact, the very idea of taking a scalp was scarcely known. (Kroeber, 1925:497-8; Steward, 1933:306.)

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