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Eytukan (Clan Leader)

The Clan Leader (Na'vi name: Olo'eyktan or Olo'eykte) is one of the most important members of a Na'vi clan and is similar to a chieftain. The leader is in charge of the clan and may rule along with their mate. While the tsahìk leads the clan spiritually, the olo'eyktan leads them in flesh, such as organizing hunting parties, war efforts, and managing relations between humans and other clans.

While olo'eyktan typically refers to a male clan leader,[1] the term can be used in a gender-neutral refer to a leader of any gender. However, there is a specifically female variant of the word, olo'eykte, which can be used when specifying the gender of the leader is required, in which case, olo'eyktan may be used specifically for male leaders.[2][3]

Becoming a clan leader[]

A clan leader will choose a successor in their lifetime, often a Na'vi who has demonstrated immense skill in combat and hunting, known as Olo’eyktan-in-waiting.[4] Aside from technical skill, a clan leader must also be able to unite, guide, and understand their people, something apprentice Tsu'tey notably struggled with at first.[5] It is unknown but likely that a Na'vi term exists for an apprentice (such as how tsakarem refers to an apprentice Tsahìk).

Among the Omatikaya Clan, the previous olo'eyktan must die, either physically or symbolically, in order for a new olo'eyktan to take their place.[6] It is unknown if traditions concerning succession are similar or different among the other clans.

The role of clan leader is not gender restricted. Clan leaders are often mates with their clan's tsahìk, though there is deviation from this, such as in these cases:

  • Ikeyni and Tsentey — Ikeyni's mate, Tsentey, is not the tsahìk of the Tayrangi Clan. The clan's tsahìk is currently unknown.
  • Ka'nat and Etuwa — Ka'nat is Etuwa's father. The previous tsahìk, Asahe, was his mate and Etuwa's mother, however.
  • Nesim and Minang — Nesim is Minang's sister.
  • The Tipani Clan, which has a single leader filling both the role of olo'eyktan and tsahìk, deviates from this as well. The Tipani have several leaders each in charge of their own individual village, though they are still overseen by the primary olo'eyktan. However, due to this aspect of the clan being from James Cameron's Avatar: The Game, it is no longer canon.

The Kame'tire Clan, at least in the time of Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora, appears to function without an olo'eyktan entirely. Mokasa is only ever referred to as an advisor to Anufi, the clan's tsahìk, and after the events of the game, there is no mention of appointing an olo'eyktan despite the clan lacking one.

Known Clan Leaders[]

Council of Elders representative[]

Omatikaya[]

Olangi[]

Tayrangi[]

Metkayina[]

Ta'unui[]

Aranahe[]

Zeswa[]

Hulanta[]

Rey'tanu[]

Ni'awve[]

Tipani[]

Tawkami[]

References[]

  1. Back of Tsu'tey Gentle Giant box says Olo'eyctan means "male clan leader"
  2. The World of Avatar: A Visual Exploration, pg. 76
  3. http://naviteri.org/2022/06/solalew-maul-zisita-half-the-year-is-over/
  4. https://www.avatar.com/pandorapedia/tsko-a-eoio-bow
  5. Avatar: Tsu'tey's Path
  6. Avatar: The Way of Water
  7. Tse'huk appeared exclusively in the Mobile Game, which has a wide raiment of continuity issues with the established canon. He may be a misspelling of Tsu'Hak.
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