The Plateau kinship system is classified as Hawaiian, and differentiates kinsmen only by generation and gender. As a result it is a very expansive and flexible system. It is also known as an ambilineal descent system, within which you (as ego) can select affiliation with either your mother's or father's descent group. It is common among Malaysian and Polynesian societies, as well as Indian groups of the Plateau, such as the Coeur d'Alene and Nez Perce.
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