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Enthusiasts of the Elder Children, among them experienced researchers and investigators, have documented numerous branch assemblies in areas of reported activity; sometimes labelled stick or branch structures, these constructions present indications of artifice, intelligent thought, and intention.
The interpretation and meaning of these assemblies is unclear or at the very least, unconfirmed. No one, to my knowledge, has ever witnessed their manufacture,  although many have reported the discovery of same, in certain and various sites, which appear and/or disappear on a regular basis, sometimes overnight or even within a few days. 
Based upon the widespread proliferation and production of these assemblies, it is reasonable to infer, in part, that someone is putting these constructions together, for purposes we still do not know. While it is reasonable to suggest a human factor, there remain many outside such evidence. This document, accordingly, is an attempt to understand and to interpret one type of formation, and to establish, in part, a means of identifying, interpreting and comprehending other branch assembly types as well.
My source material has derived from my own investigations. It should be noted that, for the purposes of this document, my analyses and interpretations are entirely my own; they are not the work of others, nor were they provided to me by others. Furthermore, it should also be noted that all graphics appearing in this document are my own work; I drew them myself; they belong to me.
I have stated that the analyses and interpretations presented herein are entirely the results of my own efforts, and so, I must also state that any mistakes, glaring or otherwise, are also my own. I’m hardly perfect, although I certainly try my best; the reader’s gracious indulgence is humbly requested.
Sanjay R Singhal, RA
21 March, 2017
 The term ‘Elder Children’ is my own appellation; it is derived from the Lakota word ‘Chiye-Tanka’.
 My former colleague, Joshua Paul ‘JP’ Smith, once told me of some video footage which presented evidence of EC in the process of fashioning a branch assembly; however, he did not share this with me, and I do not have any further information regarding same. Had he done so, it no doubt would have aided my efforts immensely.
 Joshua Paul ‘JP’ Smith died 18 July, 2015.
 One of my former research sites, Area K in northern Michigan, was famous for the rapid construction of such assemblies; in many instances, assemblies documented one day would be gone the next, or new assemblies would be observed, which had not been there the day before. Regrettably, despite such activity, no focussed research and/or documentation of same was ever undertaken.
 The destruction of nest-type assemblies, almost overnight or at least immediately upon their discovery, has been documented at three (3) of my own research sites: Areas D & K in northern Michigan, and Area R in Illinois. Although some inference of regional and/or local practise may be made, further investigation is required.
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