Chiriguano - Kinship

Kin Groups and Descent. Chiriguano society was based on the principle of an exogamous patrilineage living in a maloca (the smallest settlement unit). Each lineage held and allocated lands, maintained a system of alliances, regulated marriage, established reciprocity, and controlled conflict among lineage members. After colonial times uxorilocality replaced virilocality; patrilineality was maintained and villages continued to be constituted by extended-family groups.

Kinship Terminology. Kinship terminology is of the Hawaiian type.

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