Paramount Chief

A paramount chief is the English language designation for the highest-level political leader in a regional or local polity or country administered politically with a chief-based system. This term is used occasionally in anthropological and archaeological theory to refer to the rulers of multiple chiefdoms or the rulers of exceptionally powerful chiefdoms that have subordinated others. Paramount chiefs were identified by English-speakers as existing in Native American confederacies and regional chiefdoms, such as the Powhatan Confederacy and Piscataway Native Americans encountered by English colonists in the Chesapeake Bay area of North America.

More recently, Paramount Chief is a formal title created by British administrators during the 19th and 20th-century Colonial era and used in India, Africa and Asian colonies. They used it as a substitute for the word "king" to maintain that only the British monarch held that title. Since the title "chief" was already used in terms of district and town administrators, the addition of "paramount" was made so as to distinguish between the ruling monarch and the local aristocracy.

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Paramount Chief - In Oceania
... In the 1850s the Māori King Movement resulted in the election of a Waikato chief as Māori King ... American Samoa Cook Islands, the paramount chief of the Cook Islands was an ariki of the Makea Nui dynasty, a chiefdom of the Te Au O Tonga tribe in Rarotonga, the Kingdom ... New Zealand), his style was Gagaj Sau Lagfatmaro, rendered as Paramount chief or King of the Molmahao Clan ...
Tamba Songu M'briwa - Early Life and Political Career
... He worked as a government dispenser before he became paramount chief ... As a paramount chief in the colonial era, Tamba Songu M'briwa did much to improve the life of his people ... He remained a popular politician and a prominent paramount chief until he fell out with Sir Milton Margai ...
Lucy Gulama
... Madam Lucy Gulama (born 26 September 1921, date of death unknown) was the wife of Sierra Leonean Paramount Chief Julius Gulama ... She is the mother of Paramount Chief Madam Ella Koblo Gulama and Komeh Gulama Lansana, the widow of Brigadier David Lansana, former Commander of Sierra Leone's Armed Forces who briefly served as Governor General of ... Her husband Julius Gulama was Paramount Chief of Kaiyamba Chiefdom ...
Momoh Gulama
... Paramount Chief Julius Gulama was a famous Sierra Leonean paramount chief who ruled Kaiyamba Chiefdom in Moyamba District ... He is the father of Paramount Chief Julius Gulama and Paramount Chief Madam Ella Koblo Gulama ...
Munjuku Nguvauva II - Political Activities
... angered the administration, his status as Paramount Chief was removed, and Nikanor Hoveka, formerly Chief at Epukiro, was installed as Paramount Chief of the Ovambanderu ... This move is the root of a long dispute about Mbanderu paramount chieftaincy ... Conference in the delegation of Clemens Kapuuo, Paramount Chief of the Herero ...

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