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The Cayuga Nation has five clans.  They are the Heron, the Turtle, the Bear, the Snipe and the Wolf.  Each member of the Cayuga Nation belongs to one of these clans.  The Cayuga Nation has a maternal ancestry, which means Cayuga mothers will have children of her same clan.  Each Clan has a Clan Mother, a Chief or sub Chief or a Seat Warmer.