Kinship Relationships and Expectations

The Kinship system of the Lakota and Dakota people is based on their immediate familie, extended family and tiospaye.

Tiospaye refers to the wide, extended families who may or may not be related to you but live in the same camp. They live, travel and take care of each other. This family system is based on love, respect and helping each other.

There are kinship roles that also exist in some families - these are:



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