Notes on Kurnai Creation stories

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Transcription - Page 11

When the canoes came to the shore laden with fish
the women + children came down from [the camp -crossed out]
to carry them up to the Bun ("camp).

Before this the dogs had been talking about
being so hungry and when the fish was brought in
the Great Dog (Goreraeil Baru) began to howl, saying
Nanta yūguta munaintu, that is "you not
going to give me any?" Then all the people
and their camps + the canoes became stone, and
remain there now - the rocks at the water are
the canoes + men, those in the steep bank
are the women + children, some of the men
+ their camp.

The people who came to this place were from
Wurnungatty (Lake Tyers)] Wy Yung
Binnajeri further along the Lakes in fact
all round the country also met to eat fish
which were very plentiful at Metung.

Fish hooks were used by the women and were made from pieces of the
leg bone of a Kangaroo which being broken with a stone [enabled a - crossed out]
afforded flat pieces which were first of all rubbed smooth on both
sides on a stone, then perforated with a hole which has been enlarged
+ the outer rim being rubbed smooth with a hook was former
of the size + shape of this [diagram] A line made of the inner
bark of the was tied at the shank. Baits
of shrimps were tied on the hook.

[written in left side margin]
The nets were made of the fibre of -

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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.