Field notebook

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Transcription - Page 25

[This is a repeat of p24.]
They did this
They pretended friends
said Hallo look there
Hit him on back of
neck. Rolled him about
a long time till his
moorŭp went away they
took out his kidney fat
and shut him up.
Then he woke up
- could not see the
place in his stomach.
He woke up and said
I have been asleep.
And then go home. [Some - crossed out]
[people like - crossed out] Some clever blacks
said you not look
well. No I have been

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asleep over there. Yes
some one might catch you
there. In! By and bye
he is dead boy.
If they warm fat in the fire
then they dead two days.
If not warmed three days. -----

Bŭr-ŭng -
made of kangaroo
sinew - (Burt-jin)
Kangaroo bone of leg
Put round neck & pull
tight - put round legs and
pull tight and carry off
into bush & pull out fat.
They catch you when you
first go to sleep & snore

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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.