The boys were then placed
in front of their Krauan
and the mother behind them.
In the distance was heard
the reverberatory sound
of heavy blows struck answered
by shouts of Huh! The men
appeared in a long winding
row striking the strip of
bark which each had held in
each hand on the ground.
The movement was a sinuous
one as the[?] line of men. Old Lamby
running in a winding course towards
the boys – at each step he
struck a resounding blow on the ground – first
on the right side then on the left.
The others did the same shouting huh! Then
at about the first (fifth[?]) stride all
holted & struck the ground several
times with a long Huh!
The boys and Krauan at this time
were standing wavering from side
to side the boys keeping their
eyes down and only seeing glimpses of the strange procession as his head being at one side brought him into view. The men were dressed as in the sketch. After passing twice in front of the Tūtanaring the procession halted – the men sank on their knees in a semi-circle in front of the boys and struck the ground by hand shouting Huh! All then returned to the camp.
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