Tribelet is a term used mainly in the study of the Native peoples of California to describe a social unit which was smaller and less hierarchically organized than a tribe.

The term was coined by A.L. Kroeber in the Handbook of the Indians of California,[1][2] and elaborated on in The Patwin and their Neighbors.[3]


  1. Kroeber, A (1976). Handbook of the Indians of California. New York: Dover Publications. pp. 160–163, 228–230, 234–235. ISBN 0486233685. 
  2. Golla, Victor (2011). California Indian languages. Berkeley: University of California Press. ISBN 0520266676. 
  3. Kroeber, A.L. (1932). The Patwin and their neighbors. bUniversity of California Press. 
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