Matrilineal Clan

Matrilineal Clan

 

one of the socioeconomic units of primitive society. It is an exogamic group of blood kin related through the maternal line that recognizes its unity, as reflected in clan names, totemism, and descriptions of the matrilineal clan as “those from one womb” or “one bone.” The matrilineal clan exists among many tribes and peoples at different stages of preclass society, including some Australian aborigines, Melanesians, and Amerindians.

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In particular, Steckley argues that their matrilineal clan system "kept the Wyandot strong" and allowed them to weather the maelstrom of colonialism (p.
The abusua kuruwa, literally "cup of the matrilineage", or clan pot, was incorporated during the finale of a funeral, when the abusua, or matrilineal clan, of the deceased ate together and made an offering of sustenance for their departed member.
The fact that the Tlingit traditionally practiced an exogamous matrilineal clan system redoubled the significance of Lady Macbeth's role in this production.
These commonalities exist precisely because of Micronesia's characteristic social form, the dispersed matrilineal clan.
Like all Tanacross people, Thomas takes his clan affiliation from his mother's side, and this matrilineal clan loyalty and solidarity invokes a world view that permeates the book.
Although the Beowulf-poet and his generation of Anglo-Saxons cannot fathom a system they never knew, their language and culture still preserved these traces, willy-nilly--the vestiges of a matrilineal clan system.
As the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples documented, the damage of the residential schools included a poor quality of education; damage to the family structure, which for the Athapaskan people in the Yukon was a matrilineal clan system; the repression of language and culture.
Women are not "single mothers" in the same sense as other American women, for they still find support in the matrilineal clan system.
The Trobriand concept of sovasova, or chronic illness that manifests from the breach of clan exogamy when members of the same matrilineal clan have sexual relations, is a persuasive and problematic form of cultural knowledge that directly influences comprehensions of HIV and AIDS in the Trobriand context.
Many tribes had matrilineal clans and maternal households.
For one thing, the families are extended, but organized into matrilineal clans for general support and identity.
The traditional connection between kinship and politics shifted as Cherokees moved from a government in which matrilineal clans played a significant role in shaping a consensus to an elected national council endowed with delegated political power.