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  • n. The state of being a chieftain
  • n. The area ruled by a chieftain

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The office or rank of a chieftain; chiefship.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the position of chieftain


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  • You know you are born for chieftainship, that is a hereditary right.

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  • In both capacities he actively opposed traditional institutions such as chieftainship, the ancestor cult, the practice of magic, polygyny and bridewealth, that kept tribesmen away from the church.

    Class & Colour in South Africa 1850-1950

  • Some kind of chieftainship seems coeval with the first advance from the state of separate wandering families to that of a nomadic tribe.

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  • "It is very alarming that some Bantustan administrations have been given land for personal use under the pretext of so-called chieftainship whereas these leaders are historically and traditionally not chiefs.

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  • "I has become clear that these large claims involve issues such as chieftainship disputes and territorial expansion, even attempts to establish kingdoms lost through conquest.

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  • Thus would I attain honor and chieftainship in the final abode of the dead, and thus would honor remain to my father, who was the Otter.


  • It's relevant to note that the main Na'vi characters are voiced by four Black actors: Zoë Saldaña who plays the warrior princess Neytiri; CCH Pounder who plays Mo'at, the Na'vi priestess and Neytiri's mother; Laz Alonso who plays Tsu'Tey, the young warrior prince, Neytiri's betrothed and heir to the chieftainship of the Omaticayas, Neytiri's clan; and Peter Mensah who plays Akwey, leader of a plains clan of Na'vi; as well as Wes Studi,

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  • In 1433, local people in Nan'an Department appealed to establish native chieftainship.

    Between Winds and Clouds: The Making of Yunnan (Second Century BCE to Twentieth Century CE)

  • Furthermore, instilling in these youth the state ideology would transform these "barbarians" into civilized subjects, who in turn would civilize their "barbarian" subjects, since many of these young students came from elite families and many would succeed leaderships within the native chieftainship.

    Between Winds and Clouds: The Making of Yunnan (Second Century BCE to Twentieth Century CE)

  • The harshest punishment produced by this type of violation was the abolition of chieftainship. 101 Such regulations vividly revealed tensions and conflicts between ethnic connections and Chinese administrative units, as ethnic interactions had long preceded Chinese administrative units, and certainly crossed administrative boundaries.

    Between Winds and Clouds: The Making of Yunnan (Second Century BCE to Twentieth Century CE)


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