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5) Dawson maintains that the additional severity that patriarchy imposed upon the looser matrilinear family structures of prehistory bore fruit not only in greater human productivity and hence comfort, but also in the enhanced sense of human excellence:
But even though his matrilinear descent is now firmly established Ion still has doubts concerning the identity of his father.
As with many Indian tribes, they are matrilinear and, like many, see themselves as a kind of Chosen People--in their language, "the real people.
This is achieved by privileging an oral matrilinear tradition where characters such as Sethe in Beloved negotiate the estranging processes of history.
Propp (1946 [1987]) noted that the totem animal in its original form is embodied by the 'mother' and by matrilinear kins.