Sugiura, Ken ichi. Kinship organization of the Saru Ainu

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Title: Kinship organization of the Saru Ainu

Published in: Ethnology - Vol.1

Published By: Ethnology - Vol.1 Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh, 1962. 287-298 p.

By line: [by] Kenichi Sugiura and Harumi Befu

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 2009. Computer File

Culture: Ainu (AB06)

Subjects: Kin relationships (602); Kinship terminology (601); Clans (614); Rule of descent (611); Household (592); Polygamy (595); Community structure (621); Regulation of marriage (582); Burial practices and funerals (764);

Abstract: This study discusses a unique feature of the Ainu kinship system of Saru River Valley, Hokkaido. Among the Ainu, men trace their descent patrilineally and women matrilineally. However, there is little evidence that the matrilineal group is functionally significant in Ainu society. It is suggested that further investigation should be carried out in this area. The senior author, Sugiura was a member of a team sent by the Japanese Society of Ethnology to the Saru River Valley in 1951 for an anthropological field study. Mr. Befu, the junior author, extracted information from a Japanese article written by the senior author, now deceased, and reorganized the material with further analysis and discussion.

Document Number: 6

Document ID: ab06-006

Document Type: Journal Article

Language: English

Field Date: 1951

Evaluation: Ethnologist-4,5

Analyst: Hesung C. Koh ; 1962

Coverage Date: 1951-1962

Coverage Place: Saru River Valley, Hokkaido, Japan

LCSH: Ainu


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