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The Assembly and Council
The oldest man of the local group is its head
and the people there listen to and obey him.
Not only those of his own name, but all the people
of all names. Where there is an assemblance
of several groups the old men form a
council of which the oldest man is the
head, just as in each local group the
old men form a council of which their
oldest members is the head. The council
is held at a place apart from the camp
and the place is called Jŭn ①. To this
place the younger men are permitted to come
and sit near and listen but not to take part
in the discussions.

It is at this place Jŭn that the men, old and young,
all assemble at the termination of the great
meetings. The [old man - crossed out] Headman [takes - crossed out] light
a fire at it - and all the men assemble
camping with them and their goods which they have
brought with them for barter. Having assembled
they all sit down promiscuously round about
the old man and his fire. He then says
"now you can exchange your things and
make friends". Before this these young men who
are matrimonially disposed have [been - crossed out] made
themselves acquainted concerning the damsels
who are disposable. Two such young men seat
themselves near each other and in the
[sign - crossed out] Headman's announcement each hand

[footnote at bottom of page]
① The pronunciation of this word is peculiar the nearest
sound I could give would be between Jŭn and Jain

[written in left side margin]
[?Slet?]

the young men?

The Fair, Barter +c

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