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CaptionPolitical Organization: The basic unit of Costanoan political organization was the tribelet. Each tribelet consisted of one or more villages and a number of camps within a tribelet territory. . Evidence for this organization is present in the Books of Baptisms of the missions which received Costanoan converts Merriam 1955:217-225 1968:11-62. --- --- --- Territorial boundaries of tribelets were defined by physiographic features. Anza in Bolton 1930 3: 129 found that the Costanoans who accompanied his expedition were unwilling to step beyond the limits of their territory because the hostility of neighboring groups. --- --- --- Tribelet chiefs might be either men or women. The office was inherited patrilineaIly usually passing from father to son. When there were no male heirs the office went to a man's sister or daughter. Accession to the office of chief required the approval of the community. The chief was responsible for feeding visitors; providing for the impoverished; directing ceremonial activities; caring for captive grizzIy bears and coyotes; and directing hunting fishing gathering and warfare expeditions. In all these matters the chief acted as the leader of a council of elders Harrington 1933 :3.--- --- --- Clothing and Adornment --- --- --- Costanoan men and boys usually went naked. Women wore aprons. The small front apron was made of netting or braided tule or grass. The larger rear apron was made of buckskin fig. 2 or sea-otter skins. In cold weather both men and women wore robes that were fastened under the chin with a piece of cord. Robes were made of rabbit skin sea-otter skin duck feathers or buckskin. Men sometimes covered their bodies with mud to keep warm in cold weather. The Costanoan went barefoot and wore no hats Harrington 1921: Broadbent 1972:57. --- --- --- The hair was worn either long or cropped to four or five inches. Women wore their hair with bangs cut in front and the remainder of the hair hanging freely.
HeadlineTribelet chiefs might be either men or women. The office was inherited patrilineaIly. Costanoan men and boys usually went naked. Women wore aprons.
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