Notes on Kurnai Creation stories

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Transcription - Page 9


In the old times when the Muk Kurnai lived
in this country there was a woman called
Baukan. Some other women were fishing and
Baukan was near to them. They did not like
her because she came down from the nurt (sky)
[al and - crossed out] Therefore to get rid of her they threw mud
in her face saying "go and get some fish for
yourself." Then they being busy fishing away from
their camp Baukan took all their fire and
carried it away. When they returned and found
what had been done they sent the little red breast *
who followed Baukan as she was climbing up to the
sky and striking at the firesticks as she carried
them knocked off pieces of the fire so that they fell
all over the country and the Kurnai [again - crossed out]
obtained their fire again.
[This was at Walmajeri - crossed out]

This was at Walmajeri (1) where [Baukuan was - crossed out] Brewin took
[finally taken up to the sky by Brewin with a rope - crossed out] Baukan to Yiruk for which mountain he ascended to
the sky with her by a
cord made of the sinews of the ginnara (Red wallaby)
He first tried Kangaroo sinews which he threw up to
the sky + then pulled at them + they broke.
Then he tried a Red Wallaby's sinews which held
fast. He and Baukan climbed up to the Nurt + were never
seen again

(1) Walma = [rib bone - crossed out] ribs -jera = Kangaroo

[written in left side margin]
*Look up the
native name

Lake Reeves. ]

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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.