system of determining relations among the Saulteaux bares
both differences and similarities in Eurocentric kinship
determination. The following is an example of the principles
of kinship that the Saulteaux people held. For a reference
point, we will call an individual "X".
· Of the second descending generation from X, the
members of such are perceived as "Grandson"
or "Granddaughter". The terms for these are
"Nonsís" and "Nonsís-sanyéns"
· All of X's relatives in the second ascending
generation are known as "Grandfather" and "Grandmother".
The terms for these are "Nimisomis" and "Nókó"
· Different terms are used for both the younger
and older siblings of X
· X's sibling's (that ARE of the same gender) children,
are perceived as X's children. The terms for Son and Daughter
are N'gosis and Danís respectively. Similarly,
X's sibling's (that ARE NOT of the same gender) children,
are perceived of as nieces or nephews. The terms for these
are Nínimgwanaéns and Nisimisáens
· Parallel cousins (i.e. A male's father's brother's
son or daughter, or a female's mother's sister's son or
daughter) are referred to as brother or sister.
· Cross cousins (i.e. A male's Father's Sister's
Son or daughter or a female's Mother's Brother's Son or
Daughter) are considered as cousins in the Eurocentric
· X's Parallel cousins' children are considered
X's children, this is true only if the parallel cousin
of X is of the same gender as X.
· X's cross cousins' children are considered niece