Field notebook

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Transcription - Page 19

Gippsland blacks beyond

May-met } Tarwin
Ber-bira }

Beyond Geelong are the
long way off country

May met

yarŭk or yarūk = messenge stick
as a present.
Ngŭrrŭngait - makes them.

mangūrt = ball

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mūrūp - gives the songs
to Doctors.
Kŭr būrū - told Kūlin at
Bunyip he found that
Berbira coming and
to keep a look out then.

This man was
Bunjil - Kŭr būrū
the Mūrŭp of this
Kurbŭru told him
This was the man's
personal name.

This bear had been
killed and his
Mūrŭp had gone into
the Blackfellow.
Then the Mūrŭp
would give him a

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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 759
Medium Notebook
Summary Belonging to A.W. Howitt. Anthropological notes, from front and back of notebook varied content including notes on language, social organisation and customs and legends. Discusses the Yarra Tribe and groups across eastern Victoria. Includes language notes and diagrams, kin terms, names of people along coast and Victorian group associations with localities. Notes on 'eaglehawk and bunjil'. Possibly information from Barak ''My name is Bairuk - grub of gum tree'. Illustrations of weapons and burial practices. Notes from Paterson's 'The History of New South Wales, from Its First Discovery to the Present Time.'
Physical Description Notebook, black, hard-covered, entries in pencil. Condition: fragile; first section of pages weakly attached. No clasp.