tribelet

[trahyb-lit]
noun
a tribe having few members, especially one that is a component of a larger tribal organization.

Origin:
1850–55; tribe + -let

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Each tribelet had a major village site, but moved to various harvest areas as the seasons progressed.
The primary sociopolitical unit was the tribelet, or village community, which was overseen by one or more chiefs.
Each tribelet acted as an independent nation with a defined and bounded territory.
The acorn complex appears well-developed, and a tribelet form of political organization probably prevailed.
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