Notes about Camping and Food Division

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and was so addressed by her would not stay at [the - crossed out] this camp but would
go and stop in the young men’s camp.

Such rules also obtained among the Maneroo tribe.

Camping Rules
quote from
K + K
Not only did custom regulate the distribution of cooked food
among the members of the group to which it was common, but it
also [strictly -crossed out] defined in the old times the positions which might
be occupied by the various members [of the - crossed out] in the camp.

From the statement of the Kurnai [and - crossed out] from diagrams
made by them on the ground + from observation of the position
of the camps respectively in encapments - [I have - crossed out] I can
say that the position of the respective members are well
understood and observed.

The following are the positions fixed by Kurnai when
I had an imaginary encampment marked out to
comprise the several individuals mentioned below. The
starting point is the camp of the son of the princicpal man of
of [sic] the group, the Gweraeil Kurnai or Headman and
his wife. The directions are given approximately by compass
bearings and the distance by paces. The nature of the
ground required that the encampment should extend
in a particular direction and the situation was chosen
with due respect to drainage and shelter.

Son and son's wife 5 paces north
Father and mother 20 paces n. 30ᵒ E.
Brother and brother's wife 20 paces N 60ᵒ E
Wife's father and mother 100 paces or more E
Wife's brother and wife near the last
Father's sister + husband 10 paces South 30 E
Mother's sister and husband 10 paces S- 60ᵒ E
Mother's brother's son + wife 20 paces south

In this example the relative places and distances are not
of course intended to convey that those directions and these
number paces would in all case be followed, but as -
indicating a case [in - crossed out] which might occur and which is an
example of the general rule. It is necessary to point out
that the term translated as father's sister's husband would also
include mother's brother's wife - the relative positions of these
persons would therefore be the same.

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Document Details

Letter From
Letter To
Author Howitt, Mr Alfred William
Country Australia
Holding Institution Museums Victoria
Collection Name Alfred W. Howitt Collection
Registration Number XM 702
Medium Notes
Summary Draft notes related to sections of text in Chapter XII of Howitt's 'The Native Tribes of South-East Australia', 1904; see pp.756-770, and 773-777. Notes contain content regarding regulations relating to camps, and to food division of a large number of groups. Some annotations in the left hand margins, record the group name and the source of the information.
Physical Description Draft notes, handwritten in ink, undated. Annotations and subheadings, throughout. Vertical line through almost all the pages. 13 sheets, 14 pages. Condition: foxing; some pages with tattered edges.