Girls go to the playa several times a day to fetch water.
Boys are several years older when they start courting. No girl indicates consent the first or even the second or third time she is petitioned on the playa. She is young and has been shielded from boys since early childhood. She is immobile as long as her wrist is held and may not utter a word in response to her suitor's pleas.
The usual courtship is prolonged over many months, occasionally over a year. The first proposal on the playa is exciting and flattering but at the same time embarrassing. The boy is not dismayed, for he knows that, he will have to repeat his plea day after day before she overcomes her shyness.