Other Cross Sex Relationships

The brother-sister relationship was an important, if complex, bond in Tlingit society. They were of similar ranks by birth and had common interests in clan welfare. They became clan elders together. Cooperation in clan affairs was necessary for long-term success. However, personal relationships between brothers and sisters ended after childhood. A brother-sister avoidance rule meant that they were not permitted to be in the same room at the same time. Communication took place with the use of third parties.

Mothers' brothers were the closest senior clansmen to their sisters' daughters and commanded respect. They held a common interest in the success of the clan. Otherwise, mothers' brothers and sisters' daughters had a different relationship than that of these uncles and their nephews. Unlike her brother, a sister's daughter did not normally live with her uncle. A mother's brother's role included training and advising his sister's daughters, but this, by necessity, was less intensive than that of his nephews. His interest in the behavior and treatment of his niece was deep and long-term.

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