ETHNONYMS: Elema, Ipi, Western Elema
Kin Groups and Descent. Orokolo have a series of about ten named, totemic, exogamous patrilineal clans subdivided into patrilineal lineages. Each clan has an extensive mythology, including art forms associated with the myths, that relates to the clan ancestors and totems.
Kinship Terminology. Kinship terminology is of the Iroquois type.
See also Motu
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