Children of the Tribe

“It is not Honorable for a woman to love anyone else except her husband! With this evil being among you, you yourself are not sure that this is your son!”

Paul Le Jeune, 17th century Jesuit missionary, lecturing a Montagnais Indian man about the dangers of the rampant infidelity he’d witnessed.

The man replied:

“You have no sense. You French people love only your own children; but we all love all the children of our tribe”.

Leacock 1981, p. 50

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