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While sex in the fields certainly occurred from time to time, it wasn't a proper place for such activities as it made the future use of the fields and the consumption of the crops "problematic," to use Purdue's word.
Purdue cites the "pollutiing" influence of semen (and bodily fluids in general) as the reason for this.
Dalliances in the fields were blamed for the rise of post-contact epidemics, for example.
According to Charles Hudson's 1976 book The Southeastern Indians, drawing from James Mooney's ethnographic work, in general in the region a young man would send his mother's sister to speak to a young woman's mother's sister.
But, as Snorri said, there was usually no mechanism of punishing either party if they went outside the marriage, except divorce which was readily available for either partner (though women were said to fight more fiercely if some extraneous lover tried to steal her husband away).
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).
I'll discuss that in another post, but here, I'll just mention that among the Northern Iroquoians there was a tradition of almost-marriages before actual-marriages, a distinction frequently lost on Euro-Americans.
First, pregnant women, menstruating women, and warriors in preparation for hunts/battles did not engage in sex. women, in that they were more-or-less free to hump whomever they chose, as long as it wasn't incestuous.Edit: I really recommend This, of course, applied to men as well as women and started from a relatively young age (early teens).While such activities were acceptable in Cherokee society early on, it was a common complaint among the Euro-American missionaries that were trying to establish schools in the area.That was another thing Euro-American missionaries complained about all the time.While pre-marital sex was fairly common, after marriage there was an expectation that sex would remain within the confines of the marriage.