Typed and handwritten notes about the Kurnai

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Kurnai

Harry Daramungi han [sic] for Thundung a bird called Gliun (the Porp
melanotis). When he was a small boy his father said to him "That is
your Thundung, you will have it when I die". Do not killbit [sic]
Big Charley's Thundung is twofold being both of the Congereels.
The Burra which is the smaller one and the Noy-yang which is the
larger one. He eats both of them.
King Charley is also of these totems and could also eat of them.
Tulaba's Thundug [sic] was the Jira (kangaruu) [sic].
Big Joe's was the Thurung the Tiger snake.
Billy Jumbuck's was the Thurung the tiger snake.
Old Timpthy (Bunjil barlajan) was ?

When Mr Bulmer was with Billy Jumbuck in the bush, the latter
was walking along side of a tiger snake which was wriggling along
beside of him. Mr Bulmer said "What is that?, Billy replied
"That one belonga me", and was very angry because Mr Bulmer killed
it.

Those cases of natives both men and women, who had tame anija [sic]
show that they were their totema. [sic] For instance Bunjil Bataluk,
who had a tame Iguana, Old Lawson''s wife who had a tame [snake - crossed out]
native cat, of another who had a tame snake, and so on.

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Document Details

Date
Letter From
Letter To
Author Howitt, Alfred William
Country Australia
Colony/State Victoria
Holding Institution Museums Victoria
Collection Name Alfred W. Howitt Collection
Registration Number XM 524
Medium Notes
Region Gippsland
Locality
Summary A number of the stories and beliefs collected by Reverend Bulmer regarding totems, predominantly from identified members of the Kurnai. References also to other localities in eastern Victoria.
Physical Description Notes, typed and handwritten, undated. Handwritten sections include annotations and corrections throughout. Number 2 typed, top right of first page. No other page numbers marked. Five sheets, six pages. Condition: paper loss from bottom corner of one sheet; foxing.