Myths and legends of the New York state Iroquois . the last decision rested entirely with the mothers. The motherwas also responsible for the married life of her children. Whenthere were contentions it was her duty to judge upon them. Ifpeace could not be established she decided that a separation mustfollow. As this was considered a disgrace her consent was not oftengiven. If possible the contentious parties would be persuaded toreconciliation. If after several councils the separation was con-sidered an absolute necessity, by cause of incompatibility of temper,or refusal to recognize the marri
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