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Regarded the land as source of life, not as a commodity to be sold.
View of Land
Believed that the land should be tamed and in private ownership of land.
Thought of the natural world as filled with spirits. Some believed in one supreme being.
The Roman Catholic Church was the dominant religious institution in western Europe. The pope had great political and spiritual authority.
Bonds of kinships ensured the continuation of tribal customs. The basic unit of organization among all Native American groups was the family, which included aunts, uncles, cousins, and other relatives.
Europeans respected kinship, but the extended family was not as important for them. Life centered around the nuclear family (father and mother and their children).
Assignments were based on gender, age, and status. Depending on the region, some women could participate in the decision-making process.
Division of Labor
Men generally did most of the field labor and herded livestock. Women did help in the fields, but they were mostly in charge of child care and household labor.