ETHNONYM: Munduruku


Kin Groups and Descent. The important kin group is comprised of closely related female coresidents and their husbands and children. Descent is patrilineal, with only clan names and, for some men, shamanistic knowledge inherited from the father. Property is normally not inherited from an individual' s father.

Kinship Terminology. The Mundurucu use bifurcate-merging kin terms on the parental level.


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