Eric Lange in the broadcast “Allo La Planète“ on The Mov on March 6, 2012
Will these communities be able to resist to the « so modern » globalize and patriarchal world which surrounds them ?
Have they a future through their new generations ?
Are the local powers going to let them disappear or rather try to protect them ?
One can only hope that these communities will not disappear...
When I started this work 6 years ago, on matrilineal societies- or of maternal right - in the world, I was far from imagining its diversity and the quantity of communities, which I was going to meet scattered throughout the world.
It seems obvious that these societies have something to teach us. We live in a « modern » society, where equality of opportunity is still far from being achieved, and where the image of women is too often degraded, as it is imposed by wearing the chador by some, or by others through the use of the body as a promotional product to sell cars, coffee or perfume.
For several decades, the status and the condition of women have become a preoccupation in the world, to the point that a large number of countries dedicate them every year an international day. This recognition of women is justified by the place they occupy in our societies and, especially, their role in the development of the family unit.
In matrilineal societies, women run the social organization, it is she who determines the lineage and who owns the land. Matrilocal, because it is the man who moves to the woman’s house. The children become members of the mother’s clan.
This status creates sociocultural specificities connected to the lifestyles of each community and country in their natural frame.
For some, already weakened by evangelist missions led by various colonizers throughout history.
Whatever the geographic, demographic and structural characteristics of these very rare communities governed by the maternal rights, they all share the same uncertainty, what is their future. Already weakened by evangelist missions conducted by various colonizers, they must now confront cultural globalization and tourist attraction. But in the core of this approach, a real curiosity: how can these micro societies subsist in a mainly patriarchal world ?