Kinship Essay

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Kinship Organizations 1 LaSaundra MansfieldANT 101 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology Carleen SanchezFebruary 11, 2013Kinship Organizations 2Family is and has always been very important to me. I grew up in a house where my mother, sister, grandparents, aunt, uncle, and cousins lived. We were very close then and are equally close to each other today. Even though our home was occupied by two men, it was not uncommon for my grandmother opinion to be considered for any decision to be made. After reading our text, Cultural Anthropology, I have studied a group of people who share some of the same principles my family shares but are so different. I will describe and give examples on how the environment, economy, and how marriages of the Kinship System of the San Culture impacts their behavior.The San live in the Kalahari Desert of South Africa. They are a foraging tribe made up of family and relatives who have lived in their present location for thousands of years which also makes them one of the oldest cultures in the world. (Nowak & Laird, 2010). They depend on the environment for their livelihood meaning; they use the land to gather wild game and to gather roots and tubers. To this group of people, the environment is their wealth which is also their means of survival. They survive by going to where they can find food and water. Within this kinship system men usually hunt for the meat and the women care for the children and look for vegetation. In this culture, everyone is equal and everything is shared within the group. In that only three days a week is usually used for hunting and gathering vegetables, much of the time is used by sharing time with family. This is done by visiting, playing, sleeping, and just enjoying each other’s company (Lee, 1979). When I compare this system to the experiences I’ve had in my family I find some February 2013Kinship Organizations

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