but, rather, a descent group a phratry
, in fact, one that is apparently multilingual (ibid.
The water-spirit clan ruled the aquatic clans of the lower phratry
, though in past times it ruled the entire lower phratry
and perhaps the entire tribe (Radin 1990: 193).
This is not to argue that, after the dissolution of Nata Nage, 'Nage' designated anything like a named phratry
or federation of clans.
a hierarchical arrangement of progressively more inclusive groups, based on genealogical reckoning and standardized into levels with corresponding labels, so that Para might be considered a phratry
, Weirai a clan, Kurube a sublclan.
The other is a system of phratry
names (Berndt & Berndt 1970:61--6), which linguistic evidence argues to be of some antiquity across much the same region as the skewing.