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become popular outside their own districts and which have been carried to distant places by admiring audiences. For more than a week before the Doordaaroo took place, all the performers were busy preparing their decorations, which consisted of nyetta or yanjeet (shavings), wogarree (human hair string), beendee-beendee (shaved sticks - the thyrsus of the ancients), wommooloo (birds' down), wilgee (red ochre), dardarr (white pipeclay), kanjin or yoornda (yellow ochre), jeering or boyu (fat or grease), white cockatoo crest plumes, goong'ang (red flowering shrub, made into "horns"), wej ngolba (emu feathers used as "tail" ornaments), beerart (white fur of dalgaitch or native cat), dwerda daier (dogs' tails) and wannooreeg and binaara, the former a web-shaped face ornament made as follows:- A roll of grass is first made into a circular shape with the aid of hairstring, the roll being absolutely even in every part and making a perfect circle. Into this roll, shaved sticks are stuck at stated intervals, representing rays round the circle. Some hair string is now twisted in and out round these rays, until the little shaved knobs on the tops of the sticks are reached, when the desired web-shaped ornament is completed. It may be however supplemented by the addition of wommooloo or birds' down, which will be attached to the strands with grease.
The binaara is similarly made with grass, shaved sticks and hair string, but its form is fan-shaped and it is not infrequently without the twisted strands of string. It is held in the hand at the Doordaaroo. Another ornament is of semi-circular shape, the sticks branching out from it like rays. No string will be twisted on the shaved sticks or rays of the semi-circular ornament.
It will be understood that all these decorations took time in the making, as accuracy was strictly observed in the shape, length and width of all. The conservatism of the natives in these matters forbids innovations. The ornaments were prepared behind a shelter of boughs where the workers remained hidden from the view of the ordinary members of the camp. Under no circumstances, even amongst semi-civilised natives, are women and children allowed to witness the making of these ornaments or witness the "dressing" of the men for any dance, nor are they permitted to touch any ornaments made

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