Dating indian maiden
While some marriages lasted lifetimes, others lasted only weeks.
While Perdue doesn't mention it in her book, I wonder if these short-lived marriages are actually a distinct class of "marriages" related to those mentioned in Barbara Mann's (which is focused on the Haudenosaunee and Wendat rather than the Cherokee).
This is a very foreign subject to most modern "Western" people today.
Cherokee historian James Adair also understood Cherokee women to be allowed the honor of promiscuity, noting that there were no punishments for adulterous women.The "volatile" influences of semen / bodily fluids might be a better choice of words--such fluids on their own aren't unclean, but in the wrong contextual mix their influence becomes unpredictable and potential harmful.Dalliances in the fields were blamed for the rise of post-contact epidemics, for example.Polygyny was widely practiced throughout the region, although the permission of the first wife was required.Divorce existed and could be initiated by either party.