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Book by Anthropologist Wayne W. Allen Explores Connection between Trade and Matriliny among Athapaskan-Speaking Indians

The book explains the presence of matrilineal descent groups in the hunting and gathering societies of certain American Indian tribes in Alaska and northern Canada.

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada – WEBWIRE

The book explains the development of matrilineal systems among the Athapaskan-Speaking Indians of Canada and Alaska.

How come some Native American tribes are matrilineal societies? Why do they trace their ancestry through their mother’s side? One man provides the answer.
Ottawa anthropologist Wayne W. Allen published “Athapaskan Matriliny and Trade in Canada and Alaska” (FriesenPress, 2017). Classified as “anthropology” under “politics and social sciences” on Amazon Books, this resource aims to answer how matrilineal descent groups come into existence among the Athapaskans of Alaska and the western sub-Arctic of Canada.
Allen hypothesizes that the matrilineal descent groups spread from the Tlingit to the Athapaskans who not only traded with them but also married their women. He was interested in the subject way back in 1971 when he was taking up graduate studies. His department head mentioned about an anthropologist in America who had suggested a link between native trading practices and matrilineal descent groups among the Athapaskans. After some time, he decided to tackle the subject for his thesis.
Wayne W. Allen’s “Athapaskan Matriliny and Trade in Canada and Alaska” will be displayed at the upcoming 2018 New York Rights Fair, the first-ever copyright trade and licensing event dedicated to publishing, international rights, and licensing of content on May 30 through June 1, 2018 at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Manhattan, New York City.
Copies are available at FriesenPress and Amazon.
Athapaskan Matriliny and Trade in Canada and Alaska
Written by Wayne W Allen
Published by FriesenPress
Published date: February 1, 2017
Paperback price: $15.99
About the Author
Wayne W. Allen was born in Ottawa, the capital of Canada and graduated from North Grenville District High School in Kemptville, Ontario. He has a B.A. and M.A. in Social Anthropology from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, a Diploma in Public Administration from Carleton Univerity and a Diploma in Business from Algonquin College in Ottawa. He has worked as a teacher in Quebec, the Bahamas, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan before going into computer operations and retiring from IBM Ottawa in 2009. The author is currently retired and living with his wife in Ottawa.

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