Image of an Amazon women and a child from a tribe located in the Western
Amazon Rain Forest. Typically, Amazonian tribes are much more tolerant of
young children and do not reprimand them as is common in western cultures.
Moreover, some Amazon tribes believe if a woman has relations with more than one
man, then all the men are fathers of the child. Recent studies by
anthropologists of remote South American tribes have questioned the conventional
belief that a nuclear family with two parents is the preferred arrangement for
raising children. Anthropologists call this phenomenon "partible
paternity." Although this concept many be strange to westerners who were
brought up with the tradition of one biological father per child, many Amazon
tribes actually believe that a child can have multiple fathers.