A NOTE ON GENTILE AFFILIATIONS AND NAMES
Due primarily to the taboo on the names of the dead and also to other factors discussed below, absolute certainty and precision could not be achieved with regard to gentile affiliations and names. For example, as regards gentile affiliations, Pulyi :k, an excellent and meticulous informant, stated that Apen Ismalyk's gens was Mat-ha, while Apen Ismalyk himself said that he belonged to the Melyikha gens.
The gentile affiliations of the following are known to be dubious:
Amalyk Tumadha:p ( Tcatc or Syuly)
Amily Nyunye: ( Nyoltc or Mah)
Anyay Ha:m ( Hi :pa or O :otc)
Apen Ismalyk ( Melyikha, or perhaps Mat-ha). Doubts exists because he is psychotic, because his mother's gens was Melyikha, and because some details of his genealogy are questionable (Case 4).
Hamcukuenk ( Nyoltc or Mu:th)
Hikye:t ( O:otc or Nyoltc)
Huau Husek' ( Mu:th or Hualy)
Hu :kyev Anyay ( Mu:th or O:otc)
Huyatc ( Mah, but if identical with Huyatc Humar, then Hualy)
Kwitcia:r ( Mah or Melyikha)
Nyail Kwaki :yo ( Nyoltc or O :otc)
O :olva ( Tcatc or Mu :th)
Pa :hay ( Kunyii :th or Mo :the)
Suhuraye ( Nyoltc or, doubtfully, Kunyii :th)
Sukat ( Nyoltc or Mu :ha)
Tcakwar Alaye ( Kat or Mat-ha)
Tcȧvȧkye: ( Hualy or Tcatc)
Other gentile affiliations may also have been misreported. Thus, Amat Hu:dhap (earth rent or torn, Hi :pa) and Amay Tudha:pa (sky rent or torn, Syuly) may perhaps be the same person, for reasons explained further below, in connection with similar sounding, plural names, which may belong either to one person or else to two people, one of whom has imitated the name of the other, and adopted this imitated name for himself.
These observations make it necessary to discuss briefly the difficulties met with in recording Mohave names.
Few Mohave have names made up of one word only. On closer inquiry it often turns out that a routinely used one-word name is but a fragment of a name made up of several words (Tcilyetcilye