Noongar kin systems

Noongar Kin Systems

Noongar kin systems

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Noongar classification refers to the classification system in tribal law by which the Noongar, an indigenous Australian people, enforced restrictions on intermarriage.

The Western Australia an atlas of human endeavour divides Noongar classification systems into four types:

"Perth" type

These groups were split between the (White Cockatoo) Manitjmat and (Australian Raven) Wardungmat moieties with the moiety determined by one's mother. Both groups are exogamous

"Bibelmen" type
  • Patrilineal moieties and patrilineal local descent groups
  • Includes Bibelmen and Mineng


These groups used the same Manitjmat and Wardunmat moieties but descent here was determined patrilineally.

"Nyakinyaki" type
  • They had section levels similar to the Western Desert types, both patrilineal local descent groups
  • Includes Balardong and Nyakinyaki


These groups used (Bee-eater) Birranga and (Sacred Kingfisher) Djuak as the "skin" groups.

"Wudjari" Type
  • Like the Nyakinyaki, but they had named patrilineal "totemic" descent units.
  • Includes Goreng and Wudjari


Terminology

local descent groups are generally patrilineal in type, in which members are linked by both descent and through mythological ties to a named ancestor. Local descent groups are always exogamous, and are associated with specific territories held collectively in...
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