How do Nez Perce Indian children live, and what did they do in the past?

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They do the same things all children do--play with each other, go to school and help around the house. Many Nez Perce children like to go hunting and fishing with their fathers. In the past, Indian kids had more chores and less time to play in their daily lives, just like colonial children. But they did have dolls, toys, and games to play. Here is some information about a pinecone game enjoyed by Nez Perce kids. A Nez Perce mother traditionally carried a young child in a cradleboard on her back--a custom which many American parents have adopted now. What were Nez Perce men and women's roles? Nez Perce women were in charge of the home. Besides cooking and cleaning, a Nez Perce woman made most of the clothing and tools her family needed. Nez Perce men were hunters and warriors, responsible for feeding and defending their families. Only men became Nez Perce chiefs, but both genders took part in storytelling, artwork and music, and traditional medicine. What were Nez Perce homes like in ... more
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