Cuna - Kinship

Kin Groups and Descent. Descent is bilateral. The Cuna recognize double affiliation and rights of inheritance. The rule of residence is matrilocal. In San Blas, neolocal residence is a recent development, resulting from wage labor and migration. Kin groups are dispersed over the territory, and no localization of descent groups is reported.

Kinship Terminology. The terminological system is descriptive and bilateral with variations based on sex and age. Frequently, the kinship terms replace personal names, and teknonymy is intensely used.

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