Mountain Arapesh - Kinship

Kin Groups and Descent. The principal kin groups had a patrilineal ideology, often spanning many generations, but Individuals frequently affiliated with, or were adopted into, groups to which they had no patrilineal link. Some of these "patrilineages" recognized themselves as collateral descendants of an eponymous ancestor and therefore could be called "clans." Patrilineages were named and totemically identified with a walin (plural: walinab ) spirit. Alitoa locality contained eleven such patrilineages, each with an average of 3.8 households and twenty members.

Kinship Terminology. Kinship terminology was of the Omaha type.

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