- the chief of a tribe.
- the chief of a confederation.
Origin of sachem
Related formssa·chem·dom, nounsa·chem·ic [sey-chem-ik, sey-chuh-mik] /seɪˈtʃɛm ɪk, ˈseɪ tʃə mɪk/, adjectivesa·chem·ship, noun
Examples from the Web for sachem
And as the guide presented them to him, he soon poured some liquid into a cup and gave it to the weakened Sachem.Famous Indian Chiefs|Charles H. L. Johnston
When the sachem was brought up, the Spanish officer examined him attentively.The Queen of the Savannah|Gustave Aimard
Upon the death of a sachem, for example among the Seneca-Iroquois, a council of his gentiles54 was convened to name his successor.Ancient Society|Lewis Henry Morgan
Unicorn is a sachem; he must give an example to his young men on the warpath.The Trail-Hunter|Gustave Aimard
He never became a sachem, but remained always the most respected and powerful leader in the Long House.Cardigan|Robert W. Chambers