North american dating culture
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.
In Melanesia for example, they traditionally believed that the fertility of the ocean is what impregnated a woman, and explained that children sometimes looked like their mother's husbands, because the child will take on the form of those nearest to the mother while it was developing in the womb.
I'm not sure if this holds true as much in Cherokee society however, as there were strict laws against incest, and they recognized marrying someone from your biological father's clan as incest, as well as from your mother's clan.
If the matrilineage liked the idea, they would send word back to the boy's matrilineage.
That was another thing Euro-American missionaries complained about all the time.In fact, most Cherokee men wouldn't argue over adulterous women because it was deemed to be "beneath" them (Louis-Philippe).Sexual encounters would, indeed, occur in the beanfields and other places of a relatively private nature (Purdue).Purdue cites the "pollutiing" influence of semen (and bodily fluids in general) as the reason for this.I'm not a big fan of using the word "polluting" here, as it implies a certain connotation.