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Matriliny in Na-Dene-speakers
Topic Started: Apr 14 2017, 05:18:15 PM (69 Views)
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Wayne Allen associated matriliny in many Na-Dene-speaking communities with long-term historical relationships to the families of Tlingit traders. On the other hand, there are records on Na-Dene-speaking communities which maintained more bilateral familial organisation than others did. And they used to have contacts with non-matrilineal communities. I.e., trade as such obviously didn't cause matriliny. But maybe some more specialised literature on Tlingit social organisation might be of interest for researchers who want to find out why matriliny developed in Na-Dene-speakers in particular as well matrilineal communities in general (including those in, e.g., Asia, such as the Mosuo).

Allen 1971: "Athapaskan Matriliny and Trade In Canada and Alaska"
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