What is tribe?

  • (noun): A federation (as of American Indians).
    Synonyms: federation of tribes
    See also — Additional definitions below

Tribe

A tribe is viewed, historically or developmentally, as a social group existing before the development of, or outside of, states. Many anthropologists used the term tribal society to refer to societies organized largely on the basis of kinship, especially corporate descent groups (see clan and kinship).

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Wraeththu - Principal Tribes
... ELHMEN - A water-loving tribe who practise aquatic magic, dwelling in the mountains northwest of Ferike ... FERIKE - A castle-dwelling tribe of hara, very learned and refined in literature and the arts, set in western Jaddayoth ... GARRIDAN - A tribe of Jaddayoth notorious for their poisons ...
Tribe - Evolution
... Considerable debate takes place over how best to characterize tribes ... This partly stems from perceived differences between pre-state tribes and contemporary tribes some reflects more general controversy over cultural evolution and ... In the popular imagination, tribes reflect a way of life that predates, and is more "natural", than that in modern states ...
Poor Knights Islands - History
... The islands were earlier inhabited by Māori of the Ngāti Wai tribe who grew crops and fished the surrounding sea ... The tribe traded with other Maori ... A chief of the tribe named Tatua led his warriors on a fighting expedition to the Hauraki Gulf with Ngā Puhi chief Hongi Hika in the early 1820s ...
Severians
... The Severians or Severyans or Siverians were a tribe or tribal union of early East Slavs occupying areas to the east of the middle Dnieper river around the rivers ... is similar to the Slavic word for "north" (sěver), the Severians never were the northernmost tribe of Slavs ... More probable is that the name is of an Iranian (the Sarmatian tribe of "Seuer", from Iranian "seu" = black) ...
Valle De Chalco - Pre-Columbian History
... when the first tribe to call itself Chalca migrated to the region ... This tribe was followed by others, ethnically and linguistically diverse, who added the name Chalca to their own ... In the early 14th century the Mexica tribe of the Aztecs settled in nearby territory and began to build their city of Tenochitlan, now Mexico City ...

More definitions of "tribe":

  • (noun): A social division of (usually preliterate) people.
    Synonyms: folk
  • (noun): (biology) a taxonomic category between a genus and a subfamily.

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    Sherif Ali, so long as the Arabs fight tribe against tribe, so long will they be a little people, a silly people, greedy, barbarous, and cruel, as you are.
    Robert Bolt (1924–1995)

    Good God, the souls of all my tribe defend
    From jealousy!
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    Savages cling to a local god of one tribe or town. The broad ethics of Jesus were quickly narrowed to village theologies, which preach an election or favoritism.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882)