Field notebook

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Transcription - Page 38

itself and went

Obal is called
and is made
just the same as
by Kurnai.

If fire hot - today
If warm - yesterday
if cold - day before
If I want all blacks,
I set fire to the grass ----
round about.

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[man - crossed out]
what ['what' underlined] - look up [chin?]
raise right hand to level
of head and short wave
back to right.

From there ['From there' underlined] with index finger
from behind over to front.

Come to me ['Come to me' underlined] As if pulling
forward to self with right hand
Tap breast with hand
Man ['Man' underlined] indicate a long
beard with both hands.
Hungry ['Hungry' underlined] Stretch both hands
up as if stretching.
Thirsty ['Thirsty' underlined] smack lips
as if very dry.

[give me fire - crossed out]
I saw fire
Touch your eye

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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.