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Asia Pacific Journal of Research
For 126 years writers and anthropologists have stated or assumed that there were no "female chiefs" in the Republic of Vanuatu (ex-New Hebrides, in the southwest Pacific). The word "chief" is of Western origin, but is important in Vanuatu (and other Pacific nations) today, because it is a term used in the Vanuatu Constitution, laws, regulations, government programs, public policy, culture and society. Interviews and observations in 2016 revealed that in fact a limited number of female chiefs dofatcat:jgx2shok5beutflmfshlaljk7m