Dani Descent Patterns
Essay Assignment

As you may have suspected, the discussion of Dani lineage organization has been left to you, as an assignment in your essay sequence.

Your task is to identify the main kinship groups (other than the household) that are important for the Dani and describe the social, economic, political, and religious functions that they organize.

(Clue: In carrying out this assignment you should consider that there may be principles of social organization other than kinship that are significant in structuring Dani life. In assessing kinship grouping and their significance, keep in mind the possibile importance of these non-kinship structures and the range of functions they assume.)

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