matrikin


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Noun1.matrikin - one related on the mother's sidematrikin - one related on the mother's side  
relative, relation - a person related by blood or marriage; "police are searching for relatives of the deceased"; "he has distant relations back in New Jersey"
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The most important domain of the 'work' that Ipili speakers do is the 'work' of sexual reproduction, including accumulating bridewealth (traditionally pigs and pearlshells) and payments to matrikin for children, as well as, of course, intercourse, childbearing, and childrearing.
By contrast to the litigious, competitive relations between patrikin, qaika or 'arrow people', the people men turned to traditionally for assistance in initiation, hunting expeditions, and for assistance with brideprice were their mother's people, their matrikin, ka or 'bilum people', with whom tolerant and co-operative relationships pertained.
Foster parents and members of the matrikin (especially the mother's brother) do share in the responsibility of looking after their nephews and nieces.
Under the matrilineal descent system, such as among the Akan(15)--the group to whom the majority of AFI women belonged--a woman controls her personal wealth (including rights of usage over parcels of land), may inherit wealth from femal matrikin, and may receive gifts from any of her maternal kin, male or female.
Not only do people obtain material support through these associations, but they also maintain a solidarity within them that is similar to that of matrikin.
Mother's brothers and matrikin confer names to their sister's children.