They are liberally supported by alms, direct all .popular assemblies, and have a decisive voice in intertribal quarrels and all matters of consequence.
Intertribal communication was through gestures; it may be, survivals of a primordial speech, antedating the differentiated spoken languages.
One competent to judge asserts that peace, not war, was the normal intertribal habit.
Between the higher ranges are many fertile plains and low hilly districts, well watered but comparatively little cultivated in consequence of intertribal feuds.
British influence was gradually extended over the hinterland, chiefly with the object of suppressing intertribal wars, which greatly hindered trade.