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in the Wiradjuri of Riverina a Headman was called
Bidja-bidja whereas I have heard him described as one who "gave
orders to people", and there was such a Headman in each local
(division?) . The Bidja-bidja was always a medicine man.
If he were for instance the oldest Kumbo and a medicine man he would be the head
of the Kumbo sub-class, but all the other people in the (division?)
Yilrai, Murri or Wumbi would obey him. Similarly each
totem had its Headman, probably its oldest member. (1)
I have heard the Bidja-bidja caled "master". -
(1) Muni - Kangaroo

The office of Headman was in a sense hereditary, because the son would
inherit the position of his father if he possessed any oratorical or
other eminent ability; but if not then the son of the deceased's brother
would hold the position or failing him the nearest relation, having the
same class name (I). But this was with the consent of the community.
Each social division elected its own Headman.

The Headman called his people together for any matter requiring
them to assemble, for instance holding the Burbung ceremonies,. At such
meetings of the ['whole' crossed out] tribe, matters relating to the interests of the whole
tribe are discussed, and the course of action, as to murders, abduction
of women, adultery or war is decided upon. The medicineman commonly has
position of Headman. (I). (?)

So far as I have been able to ascertain there was not any
recognised Headman, as such, in the Wukelbura tribe, but the strongest and
best fighting men were listened to in a debate, and the aged men held (as?)
little authority. ( )

On th other hand it is said that in the Dalebura tribe the government
[? ? ?] in the hands of Headmen, who were called [?]

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