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ABORIGINAL AUSTRALIA ART & CULTURE CENTRE - ALICE SPRINGS
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OUR FAMILY SYSTEM / SKIN NAMES

In our family, or kinship systems, we recognise our relations "by blood" and by marriage as in other societies. We also regard ourselves as being related (although not biologically or by marriage) to all the people within our cultural or linguistic region. Our kinship system group various categories of relations together as a sort of "mental map" so we know who we are related to , and how we should behave towards each other. The whole cultural group may be divided into two, four, six or eight sections.
Eastern and Central Arrernte Skin Names

North-Eastern and Eastern Arrertne Skin Names

Arrertne Skin Names Chart