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These peoples have neither King nor absolute Prince, but certain chiefs, like the heads of a Republic whom we call Captains, – different, however, from those in war. These hold office commonly by succession on the side of the women, sometimes by election. They assume office at the death of a predecessor. . . his is celebrated with certain ceremonies.
predecessor – someone who has held a position before the current holder of the position
What type of American Indian government does this quote describe?