Makushi - Kinship

Kin Groups and Descent. Two types of kin groups have been described: small village clusters with independent households of kindred joined through work reciprocity, and linked hamlets of kin living at a distance and joined through shared rituals or dancing. Descent is bilateral.

Kinship Terminology. The kinship system in the first ascending generation is bifurcate-merging. Iroquois cousin terms are used. The social emphasis on age is reflected by the relative ages of people in most kinship terms.

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