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matrilineal

relating to descent or kinship through the female line
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At Nggela, at the time of fieldwork, primary rights to property, and clan affiliation, were inherited matrilineally.
The families may even, occasionally, be from separate clans, because although clan identity is patrilineally inherited, and the ideal and dominant form of property inheritance is also from father to son, property has nevertheless sometimes been passed on matrilineally (see also Segawa 1983:495).
On the other hand on Efate up until about three generations ago land in a village's land area (or Namarakiana') were [sic] inherited matrilineally within the clan structure .
Namaliu's kinship links with Karavar had been maintained, in part, by decades of mutual ritual assistance and participation;(13) these links were particularly strong with Tuembe, to whom Namaliu was linked both patrilaterally and matrilineally.