Traditionally, the chume’taly utilize the extended family model with the parents living with their elder offspring. Each pregnancy will produce from one to three cubs. A chume’taly female will have a few litters in her lifetime and so family units can get quite large and complex.
To the chume’taly, their first independent hunt is of great importance. It signifies that they’re no longer dependent on their parents. They can attempt this anytime they feel ready.
Mothers birth their litters in private. If any of the cubs are going to die it’s usually in the first few days after, so none of the young are introduced to the public until the mother is certain she knows how many are going to live. Their father is permitted to join her once she’s done giving birth but it’s a mother’s right to announce her offspring’s number and gender. There are no special celebrations for the young. Chume’taly also don’t celebrate birthdays the way humans do.
Children wear simplified versions of adult clothing. They begin their education at age 2 and typically finish by age 10. They’re considered adults at that age.
They bury their dead in a hollowed-out tree trunk. The tree is selected a while before the person’s death. In the event of a sudden death, their family selects an appropriate tree for them. These tree trunks are placed out in the woods in sacred groves. It’s one of the reasons that outsiders are only permitted inside Chume’vera. They fear that their burial groves will be disturbed. It’s not done to enter these groves except on the anniversary of a person’s death. The groves are carefully guarded.
Arrows and spears are very common.