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While the assembly is waiting the complete [??] of
number - each evening is spent in festivity. Corroboree
songs and dances are given. The various contingents
perform their dances for the pleasure of the others + there
is great rivalry in this. In that corroboree the boys
take part with the men. In fact at the Kuringal they
show what they can do. The costumes of the men is
the main belt, with kilt both before + behind.
A headband tied

round the [?brow?] and
the body painted with
pipeclay. The little boys
i.e. the Kūringal
have on belts or kilts
The Kūringal [?are?] these marks
[3 images]
[written next to image of face] white bar across face

Or 1) the men have armlets of possum skin
- Ringtail

The [??] corroboree was
(1) one [crossed out - composed] taught by
Murray Jack by his father
(2) one composed by Merriman
(3) one sung by the
Bega men about
going to Melbourne in the
steamer.

Although the tunes were
all different yet being sung
to the time beatten [sic] on the
rugs - the same kind
of dance could be [??]
with each. The [?most?] [??]
[??] was the quivering of the
thighs and the boys
made a point when their
turn came of keeping it up

as long as possible. The solos were either by the boys, one was by Charley Alexander's
little boy - about 3 years old was especially applauded. Other solos were by
the men - especially by the leader of the dancers - who also marked the time
- Bega Charley. Old Lawson was as agiles as a grasshopper. The masters of the
ceremonies were Malian Yibai and Mragula. It was intended
to give on the following night the old well known Corroboree
[??] + mali-malee tariarara +c which Murray Jacky
had heard first at Lambing flat - but heavy rain set in
and prevented it.

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