Notes on Kurnai Creation stories

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Then [Borun all a and all - crossed out] they [others - crossed out] all
were turned into stones which stand in
the sandy shore near Yiruk and Borun
is a big black rock which is with the others.
This was in Muk Kurnai times
and Tal-aua-lūk (1) and many other were
there also.

(1) A Bird
The Leather head
It is said to be
always crying out
Din-din barat prōck.
That is very bald head.
This bird is said
to have been a woman
in the Muk Kurnai
times - and they know it
to have been so
because it "always
talks so much".

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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.