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Daily life for the Wendat was based on a clan system. A clan is like an extended family. Everyone in the family belongs to the same clan. In the Wendat culture the clan was passed through the mother's line. This meant that people belonged to the same clan that their mother came from. Two people could only marry each other if they belonged to different clans. When a man and a woman got married, the man moved into his wife's home. There were eight clans, each represented by an animal that was important in Wendat mythology: the turtle, wolf, bear, beaver, deer, eagle, porcupine and snake.