principles of the kinship systems are:
member of the second descending generation from ego is
called nocisim, grandchild.
All in the second ascending generation from ego are nokum
grandmother, or nimusoom, grandfather.
There are differing terms for speakers' elder brother
and younger sister, for the speakers' elder sister and
younger sister. Siblings who stand in other relationship
to ego are not differentiated according to age.
Children of cross cousins are called by the terms son
or daughter. Children of male cross cousins are called
by the terms used for sister's son and sister's daughter.
Children of male siblings are called son and daughter.
Paralell cousins may be called by terms for sibling or
by a special term for this relationship. Children of male
parallel cousins are called son and daughter. Children
of female paralell cousins are called sister's son and
When kinship terms were used vocatively, there was a tendency
to employ terms of closer kinship than would otherwise
be used. This is done by equating of siblings: for example
father's brother would be called father, mother's sister
would be called mother.
"Strict mother in-law was avoidance was observed
no could a man speak to his father -in-law except under
one condition. if upon returning from battle, a man presented
his father -in law with a scalp which he had taken. A
woman was very close to her mother -in-law, but could
have nothing to do with her father-in -law. in case of
an enemy raid a woman could speak to her father-in-law
with her back turned but speak so he could hear her. This
extended to the siblings of the married person. a girl
could not speak to her brothers and a man most never talk
to his sisters."