datùvarhdatù1nA traditional leader over a group of people living in a particular geographical area; one in authority.Yem tehe datù bélê me, tau alì hulung kmukum.Our former traditional leader was a person who really knew how to settle disputes.The traditional leader had the main position of authority in the Tboli system, a position held in high esteem. Each area had its own leader, and each leader had equal authority, with no one leader over the others. It was expected that the position would be passed on from father to son. The leader was responsible for the welfare of those under his authority; he was usually the first one they went to for counsel and help. His main function was to settle disputes which required traditional items to help pay the fines of those unable to pay. In return the man helped in this way was under obligation to work for the leader until he had paid his debt. In some instances this was very close to being a slave. If it were a woman who had been helped, the leader either married her himself or he had her married to someone else so that through the dowry he could get back the property he had used on her behalf. The prerequisites for leadership changed with the influx of other Filipinos into the area. It became important that he be literate and that he be able to communicate with the outsiders. The Philippine government has now replaced the traditional leaders with local officials, but there are many of the traditional leaders who still function as the ones who settle disputes.vTo consider a man as one's traditional leader (as described above); to make a young boy eligible for leadership position (through education, by giving him possessions).g-, h-, k-, -m-.Béléen gunu me dmatù.He is the one we consider to be our leader.-n-.cfboi 1kulu 3ogot 12nLeader (a term of address for a traditional leader).Appendix 03 Terms of address ; Appendix 03-02 Terms of address for people in authority

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