Otomí of the Sierra

ETHNONYMS: Hñąhñų, Nąñų, Nųhų, N'yũhũ, Otomí of the Eastern Sierra of Hidalgo, Otomí of the Sierra Norte de Puebla, Otomí of the Southern Huasteca


Kin Groups and Descent. The nuclear family is the most important kin group, but extended families are also common.

Kinship Terminology. Kin terms are bilateral. Sibling terms are extended to first and second cousins. In Ego's generation, sibling-cousin and affinal terms depend on the sex of the speaker. There are dialectal differences in the kinship terminology.


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Dow, James (1975). The Otomí of the Northern Sierra de Puebla, Mexico: An Ethnographic Outline, Monograph Series, no. 12. East Lansing: Michigan State University, Latin American Studies Center.

Dow, James (1986). The Shaman's Touch: Otomí Indian Symbolic Healing. Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press.

Galinier, Jacques (1979). N'yũhũ, les indiens otomis: Hiérarchie sociale et tradition dans le sud de la Huasteca. Mexico City: Mission Archéologique et Ethnologique Française au Mexique.

Galinier, Jacques (1990). La mitad del mundo: Cuerpo y cosmos en los rituales otomies. Mexico City: Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Centro de Estudios Mexicanos y Centroamericanos; Instituto Nacional Indigenista.


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