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23 April 2019

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Philip Fitzpatrick

I'm not sure what that line means Alex.

You're potentially equal to all clan chiefs except the chief of your clan or the chief of your spouse's clan.

And why potentially?

That aside, it's not something peculiar to the Chambri Lakes. It happens all over PNG. Women on Manus were in charge of a complex inter-tribal trading system for instance.

Alex Harris

What I found most interesting was this comment: Chambri society is largely egalitarian with all patricians, except those linked through marriage, considered potential equals.

So equal until married?

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