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FRONTIER MOMENT: Ch 3, THE PEOPLE

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FRONTIER MOMENT:  BOLDENS RUN 1840


Chapter Three:  THE PEOPLE

Every tribe has its chief, who is looked upon in the light of a father, and whose authority is supreme. He consults with the best men of the tribe, but when he announces his decision, they dare not contradict or disobey him. Great respect is paid to the chiefs and their families. They can command the services of everyone belonging to their tribe...No one can address a chief or chiefess without first being spoken to, and then only by their titles as such, and not by personal names, or disrespectfully...The succession to the chiefdom is by inheritance. When a chief dies the chiefs of the neighbouring tribes...appoint the best male friend of the deceased to take charge of the tribe until the first great meeting after the expiry of one year, when the succession must be determined by the votes of the assembled chiefs alone. The eldest son is appointed, unless there is some good reason for setting him aside. If there are no sons,th…