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CHIEF, principal. One who is put above the rest; as, chief magistrate chief justice : it also signifies the best of a number of things. It is frequently used in composition.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Africans who laid claims to chiefship fought against others with regard to territory.
The law of succession, as they saw it and as Africans themselves typically represented, was that the son of the "right hand house" inherited the position of chiefship. This principle in effect became enshrined practice.
Decades of attacks on ideas and institutions of chiefship, patronage, and paternal authority weakened Ganda social rituals and institutions as Baganda sought strength.
Some suggest that these initiatives increasingly transformed chiefship from a locally based institution to something that was top down from the center, with councils to be put up for development and political participation.
(4) Gogrial was divided into administrative chiefdoms based on the wuct of Kuac, Aguok, Apuk and Awan (two chiefships).
relations, kinship, chiefship and ideas of the person.
those of balanced reciprocity even while the rituals of chiefship render
It ended while Downes was on leave, when investigations into another alleged ritual murder, followed by an inquiry, concluded both that Tiv fears of witchcraft were largely illusory and that they had been exacerbated by the introduction of chiefships thought to require human sacrifice.
For Hocart this process characterised the development of Fijian chiefship. Later on in the same work, as in others, he discusses what he calls `the dual organisation' whereby there are two kings or two chiefs -- one whose functions are almost purely ritual, and one whose functions are defense and war.
The tension between hierarchy and equality given respectively by relations between kin within the household and kin relations between cross-cousins as affines across households can be historically related to the nature of chiefship. High chiefs are associated on the one hand with relations within the house-hold and on the other with affinity.
Ugandans' sponsorship of education began in the earliest years of the protectorate and continued as the colonial era proceeded to make schools centres of socialization and networking especially for those aspiring to chiefships within the kingdom of Buganda's administration.
One of the most intriguing chapters in a thought-provoking book is Holly Hanson's "Stolen People and Autonomous Chiefs in Nineteenth-Century Buganda." Hanson speculates that the ebitongole chiefships, which emerged in Buganda in the late 1700s as a way to organize workers and land, were not about consolidating royal power, but rather became a "mechanism for organising the labour of war captives," whose incorporation "profoundly destabilised the Buganda kingdom" (p.