KINSHIP TERMS Descent: the tracing of kinship relationships back to previous generations Unilineal descent: descent through one line only (matrilineal or patrilineal) Bilateral descent: descent reckoned through both maternal and paternal lines Consanguineal ties: ties of blood Affinal ties: ties through marriage Distaff: female side Samoan terms Mana: spiritual/supernatural power Pule: instrumental power Discussion questions 1. What is the nature of age groups in Samoa? What are the similarities and differences between girls’ and boys’ age groups? What role might age groups play in socialization? 2. What factors are taken into consideration in title succession? What factors are taken into consideration in the selection of a taupo? What do these processes tell us about how kinship works in Samoa? 3. Are there any similarities between what Mead is describing for Samoa and your own experiences of growing up Canada?