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This photograph of Figel settlement was taken from a small hill across the Dakel Teran river. The name "Figel" meant a narrowed place in the river and was also used of the neighborhood of seven settlements scattered nearby in the forest, all of which cooperated and did rituals together. The large house was that of Balaud, the legal specialist; he and his two wives lived very simply in one small corner of the house, and the remainder served as a gathering place for the community. Several of the smaller houses were occupied regularly, while others were for the use of families from other settlements when they gathered for legal sessions or community rituals. (See Chapter 2)

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