Nyerere says that democracy results, English homework help

Nyerere says that democracy results “when a group of 100 equals have sat and talked together until they agreed where to dig a well” (para. 3).  He also says that “[t]he elders sit under the big tree and talk until they agree” (para. 2).  Is this really what we mean bydemocracy?  Elders are apparently chosen based on age.  But if only the elders talk until they agree, is that representative democracy?  In a sense does this not describe what happens in the U.S. Senate, where 104 elected elders sit and talk about legislation?  Or does the Senate work differently than a congress of elders does?