On On Wed, 27 Dec 2000, I (Wanaku) posted questions on the subject on the AFOaKOM Yahoogroups forum. I got feedback from one of the most experienced scholars of Kom Anthropology – Nawain Eugenia Shanklin. I had touched on a subject she knew so well – Matrilineality. This was first posted on kompeople.org website and was viewed over 30,000 times.
Here's Nawain Shanklin’s reply:
Notes on Matrilineality in KOM
by Eugenia Shanklin
Dec 27, 2000
And a very happy new year to everyone.
I can't resist replying to the question about matrilineality, about which many Kom people are not well taught or informed by their teachers (who have often been missionaries and somewhat biased against a system that seems so foreign).
Matrilineality indeed means tracing descent through the maternal line; it also usually involves inheritance in that line, as it does in Kom, with nephew succeeding uncle. (The variant that the eldest nephew succeeds the uncle is not invariable, and any Kom person is already sufficiently familiar with exceptions to the rule.)