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Characteristics of Chiefdoms 1. Located in Indigenous Polynesia 2. Hierarchical , ranked societies (pyramid structure) a. Rank is based on birth order, lineage, genealogy b. Ascribed leadership (hereditary) 3. Demographically larger populations 4. Mode of exchange: Redistribution - goods flow to a center then they are relocated by an elite power a. Places higher-ups at the forefront 5. Lower-rank individuals are obligated to give tribute (goods and services) to the chiefs 6. Chiefs are to be generous to lower-ranked people (take care of them) 7. Often warfare 8. Political leadership
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  • Fall '14
  • EricWilliamson

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