Democracy and Despotism in Tribal Society

  • Ronald M. Glassman


Tribal democracy exhibited a clan council and elected headmen. The headmen (elected by women where there were matrilineal clans, as amongst the Iroquois Tribes) met at a central tribal council, surrounded by a warriors’ assembly. Unanimity was demanded in all decision-making. The war chiefs and the Shaman had power, but were restrained by the clan headman.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ronald M. Glassman
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  1. 1.NYU School of Professional StudiesStern College of Yeshiva UniversityNew YorkUSA

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