Notes on Kurnai Creation stories

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Transcription - Page 10

The Barn rocks

Long time ago in the Muk-Kurnai time
the Kurnai men [had gone- crossed out] were out in their bark canoes fishing with their
nets at Metung and the women and children
were sitting in the their camps on the top of the steep
banks of the lake where the big rock now is.

They were waiting for the men to come back and
the women had cooked the Dūra in the ashes of
their fires to be ready for their return with fish.

The manner of fishing was that two men [each - crossed out] in [a- crossed out]
canoes held each one of the ends of the net which was
spread out between them in the shallower water while in front of them
at a little distance another man in his canoe
drove the fish before him [into between- crossed out] by beating
the water with his canoe pole. Thus the fish swam
between the two canoes into the net beyond + the
two men approaching each other had them confined.
There were a number of men in canoes with nets for
people had collected
here from all parts
to feast on fish.

The [sic] had a great haul of fish Kaian (Bream),
Tambūn - (perch), grenang (sand mullet) - Billin
(Salmon)- Brindgat (Flathead) Bret-breyan (Fat mullet)
and many others.

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Document Details

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 526
Medium Notes
Summary Notes documenting a series of Creation stories and legends relating mainly to the Kurnai. Eight in total and includes two sketches amongst the stories; one of a necklace and one of a fish hook. The creation stories include; Toto-wara-wara - great man who took care of Kurnai; Bundawal-wia-wuk and his country; Borun the Pelican and his canoe; the origin of springs or water sources - Bula-Kukun; Narran the moon; Brewin and Tarra-munda whom he swallowed; and how the Kurnai men were turned into the Barn rocks.
Physical Description Notes, handwritten, ink, undated. Eleven sheets, small and lined, eleven pages. Paper is brittle and slightly yellowing with some edge tearing.