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 ability eminent; 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 medicine men commonly has
position of Headman. (I). D + B [??]
[Thus - crossed out] So far as I have been able to ascertain there was not any
(c) recognised Headman, as such, in the Wakelbura tribe, but the strongest and
best fighting men were listened to in a debate, and the aged men held as
little authority. (B)
On the other hand it is said that in the Dalebura tribe the government
[seems to have been - crossed out] appeared to be in the hands of Headmen, who were called Bubiberi.
But beyond this I have not been able to learn anything, even from my correspondent
who had exceptionally favorable opportunites of becoming acquainted
with his "faithful Daliburas"
In the Unghi tribe according to Mr ALP Cameron there
are no chiefs. Such a thing is unknown to them, although
a black of more than average courage may be looked upon
with greater resepct than the rest. They are a community
where all are equal + their law is communism;
whatever one gets is shared with the others [and then - crossed out]
But it is communism regulated by established rules
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