ETHNONYMS: Gerse, Guerze, Kpese, Pessy
The only significant kin group is the patrilineage, which is weak in function and shallow in depth, extending only three or four generations. Iroquois cousin terminology with bifurcate-merging avuncular terms is used.
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GERALD M. ERCHAK