The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 28, July 1924 - April, 1925 Page: 72
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
ing till night without resting and so can take any game alive.
There are Sodomites among them, and some of them carry their
abomination to the point of keeping another man publicly as
wife; and these substitutes do nothing as man, but all that women
are wont to do.
He says that there are cows in some plains, as large as those
of Spain, with small horns, like Moorish cattle, and the hair very
long. Some of them are brown, some black; fat and good to eat.
From the calf skins they make cloaks, and from the hides of the
old cows, shoes and shields. These cows come from the north,
and extend for more than four hundred leagues to the coast of
In the Island of Mal-Hado and in the greater part of the land
through which those castaways travelled, says Cabeza de Vaca,
after a woman becomes pregnant she does not again sleep with
her husband until she has nursed her child for two years. The
children feed at their mother's breast to the age of twelve years,
when they look out for food for themselves. The reason is, ac-
cording to their fathers, because of the great scarcity of food in
the land. [They do this] so they may not die, nor grow up
weak and feeble. They leave their wives for any reason, or for
none, and marry another woman. This they do when they have
no children; when they have children they never leave them.14
When they quarrel they fight with sticks, and never with ar-
rows, and when the fight is stopped it must by the women, and
not by the men."
When the women menstruate they seek food only for them-
selves, for nobody partakes of what they have while in that con-
dition. It is then that the men approach other men to act the
woman's part, and the chosen one must serve the other as the
wife to the husband.16
The mesquite is a fruit like the carob bean, of which, mixed
with earth, they make a certain food, and though the fruit is
bitter by itself, mixed with earth it becomes sweet and palatable.
They dig a hole, throw the fruit into it, grind it with a pestle,
and after a paste is formed they put it into a basket, pour water
aThe earliest published account of the buffalo. (Bandelier, p. 94.)
"1Bandelier, p. 117.
"Bandelier, p. 118.
"Bandelier, p. 126.
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