The Branch Natives gather and bestow a leadership role

The Branch Natives gather in large numbers and bestow a leadership role to a senior women. A “native corroboree” is held at full moon. Several tribes or clans meet by previous consent. They dance all night, feast and celebrate rites peculiar to themselves. They assemble in numbers of one to two hundred. An “old woman, daubed with pipe clay, performs the part of leader…all their movements are guided by her.” (Colwell, 172