Cotopaxi Quichua - Kinship



Kin Groups and Descent. Kinship is bilateral, and there are no distinct corporate kin groups as are described for parts of the central and southern Andes. Individuals and households strive to create complex networks of kin and compadres. Nevertheless, the extended family, coresident and with all members acknowledging the authority of the senior couple, is clearly the fundamental social unit.

Kinship Terminology. Kinship generally follows the typical Andean pattern, with kin terms being Quichua rather than Spanish.


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