What is your cultural background and do you belong to a clan?
23 Feb 07
Hello Fallingleaves, I must say this is a very interesting topic for me. I just realized that you are an Indian, aren't you? I kind of mesmerized by the writing between you and Hawk Warrior, how do you guys come up with such...arrangement? What do you mean about being adopted through your grandmothers clan? Can you please explain for this is really interesting to me... Thank you!
• United States
6 Mar 07
Thank you for your interest, Avichail. Yes, I am Native American. I am not sure about Hawk Warrior, but each tribe is as unique as the next. My grandmother passed away before I was born and she was of the christian faith versus the tribe's Longhouse tradition. As a result, my children and I dont belong to any clan of our tribe. I dont have every detail but when asked, Clan Mothers are able to adopt other tribal members into their clan. These 'arrangements' are our core beliefs and values that give organization and stability as each Clan has a specific responsibility to the tribe. Women holding the Clan Mother title are the leaders of the tribe hence we are a matriarchal tribe.
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6 Mar 07
So, if I understand you correctly, because of your granny's faith in Christ then her descendants can no longer carry the tribe's name. Is it correct? And there is no Clan Father, right? Why does female seem to have higher position than male? In Indonesia, we have both matriarchal and patriarchal lineage according to each tribe although mostly is patriarchal (I hope my English is understood...). To be honest I know little about Indonesian culture except for the general ones because I was raised to be rooted more firmly in Christianity rather than any background culture.