The journey of Alvar Nuñez Cabeza de Vaca and his companions from Florida to the Pacific, 1528-1536 Page: 89 of 253
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ALVAR NUNEZ CABEZA DE VACAk
and among these wives there is great friend-
ship and harmony.
When one takes a woman for his wife,
from the day he marries her, whatever he
may hunt or fish, she has to fetch it to the
home of her father, without daring to touch
or eat of it, and from the home of the father-
in-law they bring the food to the husband.
All thewhile neither thewife's father nor her
mother enter his abode, nor is he allowed to
go to theirs, or to the homes of his brothers-
in-law, and should they happen to meet they
go out of each other's way a crossbow's shot
or so, with bowed heads and eyes cast to
the ground, holding it to be an evil thing to
look at each other or speak. The women
are free to communicate with their parents-
in-law or relatives and speak to them. This
custom prevails from that island as far as
about fifty leagues inland.
There is another custom, that when a son
or brother dies no food is gathered by those
of his household for three months, prefer-
ring rather to starve, but the relatives and
neighbors provide them with victuals. Now,
as during the time we were there so many
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Cabeza de Vaca, Alvar Núñez. The journey of Alvar Nuñez Cabeza de Vaca and his companions from Florida to the Pacific, 1528-1536, book, 1922; New York. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth3001/m1/89/: accessed May 29, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .