Yellowwood Clan

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A clan composes an interrelated social group whose connections derive from parentage and kinship affiliation, and is common to Indigenous social structures. Clan configurations develop and are expressed uniquely in different Native American groups, and each tribe is comprised of numerous clans. Clan names and identities often originate in the natural environment of the tribal nation's homeland, and reference place names, fauna and flora, as well as significant natural phenomenon. Clans structures entail significant mentoring and obligations to the children of one's sisters or brothers.

The Yellowwood Clan was one of the smaller Zuni clans, having only one household affiliation through the 1900s. The clan became extinct in 1975 due to the death of its last surviving member. The Yellowwood clan are also known as the evergreen-oak people and are called Ta'hluptsikwe in the Zuni or A'shiwi lanuage.

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