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tribelet

[trahyb-lit] /ˈtraɪb lɪt/
noun
1.
a tribe having few members, especially one that is a component of a larger tribal organization.
Origin
1850-1855
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.
  • 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.
  • Each tribelet maintained its own autonomy and sense of territoriality.
  • The primary sociopolitical unit was the tribelet, or village community, which was overseen by one or more chiefs.

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