Two instances will show the position of the Headman in the tribes
of the Wotjo nation. In the Wotjo-balluk tribe the oldest man of the
local group was its head and the people there listened to him and obeyed
him. Not only the people of his totem, but all the people of othertotems
which might be in that group. When two or more local groups were
together, their respective Headmen met and talked over matters of imp
tance. The oldest man among them was their head, just as the oldest man
of a totem is its head. I have referred to the authority of such a man
in the sending outof messengers (p - ).

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