Kin Groups and Descent. Clans and lineages are not recognized in Saraguro society. Although there is a preference for barrio endogamy, barrio solidarity is based largely on proximity and common cause rather than common descent. Descent is reckoned bilaterally and egocentrically, with some "patrilineal contamination," wherein patronyms take precedence in official documents.
Kinship Terminology. The Saraguro use both Spanish and Quichua terms to distinguish affinal and consanguineal kin within an Eskimo system of reference.