Notes on Kurnai Creation stories

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Transcription - Page 5

The Bula-Kukun (1)

Once there was a large camp of Kurnai
at a place called Turt-willan on the Nicholson
a little below Sarsfield.

The men were out hunting Kangaroo and
the women were at the camp, having been out
collecting Dūra (2) and were cooking it to be ready
when the men returned.

Two old women the Bula-Kukun were doing this
when a young woman came and took some of
their Dūra. They being enraged attacked her
with their Kunnin (digging stick) and she defended
herself with hers. Then she has knocked down
[and - crossed out] but as she fell she propped herself on her
Kunnin which ran deep into the ground. Then
they continued to fight till the Bula-Kukun again
knocked her down. This time her Kurnin
went so deep into the ground that the young
woman went into the ground out of sight and the
Bula Kunnu also fell in and were no
more seen having gone down to where the
water is. The women in trying to get out make
the water come out as springs all round the country.
One place is at Sarsfield and then at the hill
with her big rocks called Penta Gingata and another
at Clifton's morass.
They were never seen again but made water come up

[written in left side margin]
(1) Kukun
is the maternal

(2) Typha
The rhizomes
and cooked in the
ashes and chewed
to extraact the sweet
tasting starch?

Leen Rukut


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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.