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(Owens Valley Paiute, Tubatulabal, Western Mono, Yokuts)
The Yokuts and Western Mono in general were organized in exogamous and patrilineal societies which cut
completely across tribal groupings, and each tribe comprised totemic patrilineal families. Curiously,
the Yaudanchi and Yauelmani Yokuts seem to have lacked the moieties, but the Western Mono (at least
some of them) possessed totemic moieties. As the totems of social groups are animals and birds, the
list would be of considerable interest if available. (See Gayton, 1930-a; Kroeber, 1925:493-496.) The Tubatulabal
seem to have lacked any moiety or clan organization, but the catching and rearing of young eagles practised by
them is a ceremony carried on by the tribes nearer the valley in connection with moiety ceremonialism, while
the association of certain birds with the eagle and of lizards, vermin, etc., with Coyote suggests the
totemic associations of moieties elsewhere. (Kroeber, 1925:605-610.) The Owens Valley Paiute lacked
even a vestige of clan, moiety, or totemism, having only more or less patrilinear and patrilocal
families, thus typifying the Great Basin.
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