Patriclans were the more common form, and they played a very important social role in certain areas, such as northeast Arnhem Land.This he knew was the sign of the clan to which the dwellers in that wigwam belonged.

In the anthropoid ape we already find the family, but not the clan.Membership in a clan is traditionally defined in terms of descent from a common ancestor.

Members may identify with a coat of arms or other symbol to show they are an independent clan.Byways of Ghost-Land Elliott O'Donnell Others carried totemspieces of wood carved in the likeness of bird or beast to typify manitou of family or clan.A group of people, as a clique, set, society, or party, especially as united by some common trait, characteristic, or interest: a clan of actors and directors.