Figure 34: The Bwoti

Potential Bwoti Memberships


An ooi is subdivided into two bwoti according to the division of A's land between B and C. The people involved, shaded in green and yellow, have the right to join the bwoti, but may not actually assume membership.

Actual Bwoti Memberships


Eight individuals have sorted themselves out into 6 bwoti through the alternatives of belonging to their father's group (cases 2,3,5,6) or their mother's (cases 1,4,7,8). The situation can be even more complicated since people can activitate claims based on more remote ancestors and may switch membership.

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