It’s true Eskimo men sometimes let other men sleep with their wives.
But did they offer that privilege to any horny schmuck who showed up on the front stoop? The lending of wives to perfect strangers happened occasionally in some places, but it was never the widespread custom it has been made out to be.
Polygyny also existed, primarily among powerful and wealthy men such as shamans; otherwise, it was rather rare. Within each local group the Asiatic Eskimos distinguished groups of relatives ("the big/extended family").
Each group of this sort included several small families, usually living in one large common dwelling.
The head of such a large family (Russian: rod ) was called an umilyk or atanyk.
The process of the dissolution of the traditional family structure and marital-reproductive relations accelerated dramatically in the mid-1970s.
In the generation born in the 1950s, which since early childhood had gone through the system of boarding schools and hardly understood the Eskimo language, the breakup of marital and familial relations reached a very high level: in the settlement of Sireniki, for example, among Eskimo mothers under age 30, two-thirds of the children were born out of wedlock (among mothers born after 1955, it was three-quarters), and the percentage of unmarried women between ages 21 and 30 is 75 percent. Inheritance was patrilineal, and the position of "clan head" passed from father to son. The most important institution for the socialization of children was the large family.Sexual relations between the groom and the bride would usually begin in this period.The young couple would return to the groom's parents' house, after which time the marriage was considered validated; there was no special marriage ceremony. Either the woman left or was ordered out of the man's house, and she returned to the house of her parents.Consult the new Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada home page or the new Indigenous Services Canada home page.Hey look I'm strait forward i work two jobs not really in the dating scene I'm a busy man no time to b out looking I'm really good at certain things home alone and just want to have some good times if ur ok with that I l..Dear Straight Dope: I want to clear up a question about a certain Eskimo social custom.The question is whether Eskimos loan their wives to strangers.In case of the death of an older brother, his wife became the wife of a younger brother, even if he was already married.Care for the children of the dead brother lay fully on the shoulders of his younger brother and on his clan as a whole.Single father of 6 kids that live with me and I have 4 other kids that live out the house 3 grand babies and I just got out of a 10 year marriage so I'm just having fun right now, not looking for nothing serious just Sex..Hard working loving man with lots of love to offer. I am into computers and I like working with the handicap. Full of life, energy, dreams and plans for the future.