However, the paper concerns more than a peculiar dietary usage, for the practice and the way Nage represent it hold wider implications for the nature of clans and concepts of clanship in this part of eastern Indonesia.
CLANSHIP, LOCALITY, PATRIFILIATION AND MATRIFILIATION
In view of evidence suggesting a greater coincidence of clanship and locality in the past, the increasing contrast between these principles, as an implicit function of a general social change, can alternatively be conceived as a contrast of past and present locality.
In addition, the earlier mentioned possibility of multiple clanship
The increasing disconnection of clanship and locality indicated by Nage oral history may well have heightened the competing tendency to patrifiliation and matrifiliation, as groups have increasingly been presented with a choice of maintaining galactogenic prescriptions associated with clan-mates resident in other settlements or following those of village-mates belonging to other clans with whom they have often intermarried.
Even though different clans often employ the same galactogenic foods while localized segments of a single clan frequently subscribe to different galactogogues, the fact that nursing prescriptions of a child's mother's and father's natal groups often differ provides an additional context for asserting the value of patrilineal clanship--including, of course, the precedence of clanship over current residential association, even in spite of a manifestly regional distribution of the prescriptions.
Just as Nage conceive clan origins more in terms of spatial derivation than genealogy, so Nage clanship often pertains more to boundaries, or distinctions between groups, than to derivation from ancestral persons (Forth 2009a).