corroboree

A word from the Sydney area, in common usage by the 1830s to refer to a dance or ceremony performed by Australian Aboriginal people. The events described by non-Aboriginal people as corroborees varied by cultural group. Pullen’s account appears to be a general description of performances in the period of early settlement, probably by the ‘Encounter Bay tribe’ (Ramindjeri) or the Kaurna people of the Adelaide Plains.

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