Kin Groups and Descent. Every Wape child is born into a named patrilineage that is identified by a special slit-gong signal. Its members usually live in a single village. These lineages are the most important economic and social units in Wape society. Patrilineages are combined into much larger named patriclans whose members reside in a number of different Villages. These clan ties provide access to others in time of hardship, although fellow clan members are not bound to assist as lineage mates are.
Kinship Terminology. Kin terms are of the Omaha type.