A matrilineal lineage group is one where the line of descent and membership is transmitted by the female.

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3 July 2017

(IPS) – In Meghalaya, India’s northeastern biodiversity hotspot, all three major tribes are matrilineal. Children take the mother’s family name, while daughters inherit the family lands.

Because women own land and have always decided what is grown on it and what is conserved, the state not only has a strong climate-resistant food system but also some of the rarest edible and medicinal plants, researchers said.


Source: Marie Claire
Author: Abigail Haworth
Photographs by Charlie Shoemaker

In the Mara region of northern Tanzania, Abigail Haworth discovers an empowering tribal tradition undergoing a modern revival.


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