The Job Of Women

This is part of the story of a Uru-Eu-Way-Way Shaman who was sent by his tribe from the
Brazilian rainforest to the USA to learn about Western ways:

He’d been in the US six months when he called his sponsor in a panic:
“Where are your women?” he cried.
“What do you mean, where are our women?”
“Where are your women? What are they doing?”
“They are busy working, being teachers and doctors and bus drivers… and wives and mothers.
Why do you ask?”
The Shaman said: “In our tribe the men and women still dwell on the two different sides of the river of life
and have very diffferent roles.
The men hunt and fish, they cut down trees for building canoes and huts.
The women gather wild edibles, cook and take care of the children.
Men and women equally take part in tribal council.
But there’s one  job only the women can do, and it’s the most important job in the tribe.
In fact the survival of the tribe depends on the women fulfilling this one task.”
“What task is that?”
“It’s man’s nature to hunt until there’s no more game left, to fish until there are no more fish in the rivers,
to cut down trees until there are no more trees to cut.
It’s woman’s nature to know the needs of the whole village and the needs of the Earth.
It’s the women’s job to tell the men when to stop.
Why are your women not telling the men to stop?”

Transcribed from the foreword to Cate Montana’s book: ‘Unearthing Venus’. pub 2013  


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