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The Anthropology of Marriage in Lowland South AmericaBending and Breaking the Rules$
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Paul Valentine, Stephen Beckerman, and Catherine Alès

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780813054315

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813054315.001.0001

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Why Did They Marry?

Why Did They Marry?

A Very Short Tale of a Lasting Wayù (Guajiro) Marriage

(p.73) 4 Why Did They Marry?
The Anthropology of Marriage in Lowland South America

François-René Picon

University Press of Florida

The Guajiro are pastoralists, live in Colombia and Venezuela, and are divided into matrilineal clans. This chapter follows a marriage between two individuals who declared themselves married without the full approval of third parties over the course of twenty years. As time goes on, Picon suggests, the inappropriateness by which the marriage was created is forgotten, or the concerns the couple raised seem no longer relevant to the next generation as they reach adulthood and have children of their own. This strategy is a way to reproduce the group without needing to obey its wishes (or those of allied groups) completely.

Keywords:   Guajiro, matrilineal clans, marriage

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