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DANCES, etc.
The word "corroboree" is the generally accepted term used by all European writers when describing the various dances, ceremonies, songs, etc., of the Australian aborigines, any native "social gathering" being included in the general term.
The word was doubtless derived from the tribes first met with at Port Jackson in the early settlement of New South Wales, and the Rev. Dr. Fraser gives a definition of the term in his pamphlet on the Aborigines of N.S. Wales. The word is now used all over Australia, notwithstanding its prescribed habitat, and even the natives themselves, at least those of them who have come into any contact with white people, use the soft sounding word, which is so easy of pronunciation.
Every western dialect, however, has its own term for dance and song and ceremony, the following being some of the equivalents for dance (or corroboree) :-
Southwestern districts - Kaangur, ke'nirr, ke'ning, kan', kanna, Ge'nening, kaaning, kannila, kaan, etc.
Northwestern and Northern districts - Kanneea, anneea, kannilgoo, kannooloo, koonangoo, konango, etc.
West Kimberley - nooloo. Turkey Creek - joonbal.
Dances are distinct from ceremonial observances connected with initiation, etc., each ceremony having its own special name, such as manja boming (exchange or barter fairs); beedawa (Southern initiation ceremonies); wanna wa (feast of licence); jalgoo (another equivalent for the licence feast) etc. etc.
Some dances take their name either from the direction from which they have been transmitted, such as the Kakkara kening (eastern dance), Yabbaroo (northern); or local names will be given them, as Nyeerimba kening (Canning and Pinjarra "Pelican" dance); Bibbulmun kening (Bunbury-Busselton dance); Meedar kening (Katanning, Wagin, etc. dance); Doordaaroo kening (dance introduced from the North or Northeast) etc.
The aborigines love their dances and ceremonies, not only for the opportunity they afford for the gratification of personal vanity in the display of their decorated persons, but also in a great measure because of their lighthearted joyous disposition which takes

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