It would make no difference whether descent were patrilineal or matrilineal.
The former are patrilineal and the latter are grouped into matrilineal exogamic totemic clans.
They were organised in many exogamous clans; descent was patrilineal although it was matrilineal in most Algonquian tribes.
At the present day the kinship may be matrilineal or patrilineal without affecting their right.
With patrilineal descent they tend to occupy the tribal territory in such a way that each phratry becomes a local group.
Patrilineal descent may have been directly evolved without the intermediate stage of reckoning through females.
For the eight-class system see Table Ia; in which it is assumed that patrilineal descent prevails in all the tribes.
The area covered by the dichotomous organisations is divided almost equally between matrilineal and patrilineal tribes.
We also know approximately the limits of the matrilineal and patrilineal systems.
The clan, it is true, whether matrilineal or patrilineal, tends at the totemic level of society to eclipse the family.