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Their society was believed to have been characterized by female rule, matrilineality, and matrilocality.
Elsewhere, for example in some islands of the Massim (Milne Bay Province) in PNG, matrilineality prevailed and the idioms of connection were strongly maternal (Macintyre 1987:209-10).