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headman

[′hed·mən]
(mining engineering)
A person who brings coal to the tramway from the workings.
One who engages or disengages grips on mine cars at the top of a haulage slope.

headman

(ANTHROPOLOGY) a leader within a small community. The term has been used to refer both to the leader of a BAND or TRIBE, or to a local leader within a larger political system such as a CHIEFDOM.
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Hasan Edemem, a 31-year-old teacher, worried that the village headmen would not give priority to those most in need of shelter.
In patriarchal societies, chiefs and headmen are common.
From a literacy perspective, he takes early modern period to begin at the end of the 16th century when the administration of rural communities fell to headmen of the agricultural class, and end in the middle 1880s when centralized education was imposed on all school-aged children.
Please support us and stay strongly behind us," said Penan headmen in July.
Since that time I have repeatedly noted in historic photographs of Plains men that chiefs or headmen often carried pipes with unadorned round stems and large T-shaped stone bowls.
Three village headmen assigned to the election committee and three policemen deployed to guard them were injured, delaying the opening of the two polling stations in Srisakorn.
At the same time they made it clear that the residents' rights rested with the chief, magistrate, and headmen of their district, and not with someone who might be, as it were, some distance from their location or even in another district.
The 11-member team of US, Indonesian and Australian scientists -accompanied by two headmen from the local Kwerba and Papasena tribes - surveyed an area of the Foja Mountains, in Indonesia's Papua province on the western side of New Guinea.
The Headmen were a quartet but only three were available when this Examiner picture was taken in June, 1991.
Moreover, village headmen had approved of the study and were consulted during the project.
They meet provincial governors, local headmen and village peasants, offering reassurance.
This trend, and the bribing of some community headmen, have led to deep rifts within once-harmonious communities.