Have you heard the expression, “It takes a village to raise a child”? People of the eastern woodlands were well aware that it took a village for survival.
In their villages, everyone was provided for and everyone had a job to do. Men cleared the land of trees so that it could be planted with crops. Men also hunted deer and other game in the woods and fished in the rivers. Women and children planted and tended the gardens in plots of land near the village. They also went into the forest to gather nuts, berries, and other wild foods. Dividing chores meant that more work could get done. It increased chances of survival. Men and women worked together on some big jobs, such as harvesting, maple sugaring, and building canoes. Children did not go to school. They learned by working alongside adults. In some tribes, because men were often away on long hunting trips, women played a large role in governing the village.