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chiefdom

a form of centralized social organization relying primarily on allegiance and not on formal coercive institutions. US evolutionary anthropologists regard it as existing prior to the STATE and as a development from the TRIBE. Chiefdoms are characterized by the emergence of patterns of social stratification and an economic system based on the redistribution of goods, but the distinction between states and tribes is often tenuous. See also SEGMENTARY STATES.
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It happened that one fine day, the people of this village encountered the signs of the times, and they saw and they believed, for, according to the Love Letters written by Wofa Matthew paragraph 24 from line 3, the second coming of Yesu Christus Emmanuel will be preceded by the following events: chiefdoms will rise up against chiefdoms; there will be shortage of food and abundance of diseases and earthquakes.
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Preparations are underway to implement a Child Health and Mortality Prevention Surveillance (CHAMPS) ([dagger]) site in Bombali Sebora chiefdom, Bombali District, northern Sierra Leone (population approximately 161,000).
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115), and he never explains why patronage cannot be a part of chiefdom and state relations.
KUWAIT, Dec 4 (KUNA) -- President of the Islamic Chiefdom in Albania Sheikh Iskandar Bruchai praised the level of religious tolerance Kuwait enjoys, saying it is an example to follow for all Arab and Islamic countries.
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One of these was the Qwabe chiefdom, which settled just across the Tugela within sight and under constant threat from the Zulu state, and it is to their transformation that Mahoney pays particular attention.
Having once formed the backbone of the mighty Algonquian-speaking Powhatan Chiefdom, the Pamunkeys now numbered fewer than two hundred warriors and had lived in a state of dependence and subjection to the Virginia government since the end of the Anglo-Powhatan Wars in 1646.
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A chiefdom is "an autonomous political unit comprising a number of villages or communities under the permanent control of a paramount chief." (2) The paramount chief is assisted in the administration of the chiefdom by sub-chiefs, village councilors, noblemen, and probably a council of elders.
Vimetco said it was involved in building the Upper Banta Secondary School in a nearby town, helped build a well in Wonde Village, and helped rehabilitate roads to several communities surrounding its mining area such as the chiefdom's head quarter town Mokele.