Field notebook

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Transcription - Page 33

marūk = bag
I put in possum
& Kangaroo -
made of Kangaroo skin
I think that a mūng
belonging to Wirrarap
can be sent out
to a Kūlin, When
Wirrarup sleeps I
think he can send
his mūrŭp out
to see mūrŭp belonging
to Kūlin. --------
ghost in grave?
= devil devil
ngŭrŭng = has
head with big beard

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arms all hairy
and hanging. ------
Plenty of ngŭrŭng everywhere.
I was under one big tree
where earth swelled
up. Comes out in
evening. This fellow
has mūng. You
cannot see him
only the Wirra rap see

He makes you a mūng
in your knee and
you cannot walk.

This mūng is like
bone of Kangaroo or
Emu or like quartz

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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.