Part 1: A Brief History of Dating and Courtship in America Let's turn our attention now to "dating" and the "date" itself. How did it become such an important part of our courtship system? According to cultural historian Beth Bailey, the word was probably originally used as a lower-class slang word for booking an appointment with a prostitute.
However, by the turn of the 20th century we find the word being used to describe lower-class men and women going out socially to public dances, parties and other meeting places, primarily in urban centers where women had to share small apartments and did not have spacious front parlors in their homes to which to invite men to call.
Photo by weasel-on-wheels The archaeologist John Brumley has developed an official definition for the medicine wheel.
According to Brumley, a medicine wheel contains at least two of the following three criteria: 1)a central stone cairn 2)one or more concentric stone circles, and/or 3)two or more stone lines radiating outward from a central point.
Some even consider the wheels endangered because like tipi rings, the stone structures are threatened by theft, vandalism, and agriculture.