Notes on Kurnai Creation stories

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This place [It was - crossed out] is called Walma-jeri because
once where three women were fishing their
Brewin threw a Kangaroo rib bone into the
water which then with the mud from the bottom
flew up so high that the women were engulfed in
+ never again seen.
At Yiruk there are stones, where were once
the two Tunduns, the large one, the [man to- crossed out]
Weintwin [father/male] and the smaller one the Rukut [mother/female].
These belonged to the old Muk Kurnai who
left them there.

[written in left side margin]
is near
Prospect - Seaspray.

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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.