Nækan

The Nækan tribes is a collection of tribes living among the mesas and plateaus of the Nækan Mountain Range.   The nækan tribes are considered one ethnicity and one culture, even though they are separate tribes united generally by blood and location. The tribes can be seen as very large families, with a chieftain at the top. While the village- and town-dwellers are quite a bit more organised and civilised than their tribal brethren, they are all one and the same people and share common cultural values.  
Plainshunter
Kunaupti plainshunter by Unknown
The tribes are quite a bit more primitive than the more civilised feudal countries on the lowlands, but are not as barbaric as the Dru'un. Speaking of Dru'un, something that you may find among the nækans is Dru'un who live among them. It is quite uncommon as the Dru'un are highly aggressive and xenophobic, but there are enough instances of Dru'un being integrated into nækan tribes for it to not be an extremely uncommon occurance.   If you manage to make your up to the chilly mountain plateaus you'll find a warm and welcoming people who take good care of wanderers and guests. The nækans believe that honoring strangers and the elders please the spirits and the ancestors. As such they are among the friendliest people in the world.   That is not to say they are without conflict. Mount Næka is no place for the uninitiated and unaware. The nækans value life above all and will not wage war or kill without purpose. They hunt and kill the prey of the mountains to feed and clothe themselves, but will not hunt for sport and will, as far as they can, avoid killing predators who may hunt them. They instead opt to develop their own skills of moving unseen and unheard through the mountains, as to not rouse the predators, forcing conflict.   Any unnecessary death due to conflict with a predator is a failure and a crime against the spirits. A nækan will sooner blame themselves for rousing a predator or stirring conflict with an animal, than blame the animal. The animals follow their nature, and the nækans must adapt to fit into the pattern.

Culture

Shared customary codes and values

The nækans will greet each other with the phrase Zugh süld ser ser. which roughly translated means "I have seen you." The repeated "ser" at the end, means that you have not only seen the person physically, but also acknowledged their spiritual presence.   Men are traditionally not responsible for their own actions until they've been married, as they are seen as "boys" before that. Instead their fathers must be responsible for their children's actions. To save face, the father is usually require to pay off any damage that the child has caused, usually through services, a formal, public apology or through sacrifice. That sacrifice usually means giving away goods or animals equal to the value of the damage caused.   The damage could be entirely non-physical. A boy could call an elder a foul name or otherwise harm their stature, which must be repaired and repaid.

Common Etiquette rules

Women are not allowed to address a man unless she has been asked to do so or the male addressed her first.   A woman will also always respond to any inquiry by a male by first stating Zugh süld ser ser and then replying to his inquiry.

Common Dress code

Depending on profession, the nækans traditionally dress in long tunics that reach their feet. These robes have high necks and intricate decorations that show off which tribe the wearer belongs to. It is open in the front and to the side, closing at the waist and the side of the chest with a sort of needle.   These clothes are often relatively plain for males, only having a single color such as black, blue, dark red or brown. They are however decorated along the edges with beautiful tablet woven bands.   They also wear hats that are round at the base and rectangular in profile, often with a spike or tuft on top of it. These hats are usually two-toned in a pattern, again showing tribal belonging.   Women wear similar clothing, but their clothing is far more decorated and colorful. Usually in light blue, yellow and bright red colors, covered in beautiful embroideries and complex tablet-woven bands.   Some tribes and some professions, particularly hunters, tend to be dressed in less. At least when the weather allows. The image above shows a typical kuna plainshunter who would roam the plateaus in search of prey, wearing typical traditional bones and bands showing his respect to elders and ancestors alike.

Ideals

Gender Ideals

Nækan traditions are strongly patriarchal where women are property, but still valued. They belong first to their father after birth and are sold or given away to a man who the father approves of and who can afford the price the father demands. Once she is sold into marriage, she is the property of her husband.   While this could lead to abusive relationships, there are some pretty strong social rules that govern what a man may do to his wife and not, as well as what the woman is expected to do and what her rights are.

Courtship Ideals

Courtship is dealt with entirely by the prospective husband and the girl's father. It is more a business transaction rather than anything else.

Relationship Ideals

A man is expected to provide for his wife and family, as well as defend her from unjust attention.   A woman is expected to care for her husband and their children, and is expected to obey his word.
Family names
Dzing Törr (Soaring Bird)
Khöv Buug (Brave Goat)
Mönkh Mand (Shaggy Bear)
Mönkh Tsing (Roaring Bear)
  Feminine names
Azuin
Dülzüz
Mönkhöd
Tör
Zalrana
  Masculine names
Aghun
Eghzen
Khar
Nartaz
Zeedzin
Övghod

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