Field notebook

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Transcription - Page 42

Crow. = charcoal

Swan. = like emu only
extended out long
Where do you come from?
(as before)
signs - you & what [both underlined]

I come from 3 days East
sign of I [underlined]- sign for far off
sign for 3 = 3 fingers held up
=sign for day = 3 sleeps
How long to you stop here?
sign for what [underlined]
sign you [underlined] sign for ground
Sign sleep [underlined] = point for it
I go back tomorrow!
Sign me [underlined] sign 1 sleep
sign for direction.

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name of people along coast [all underlined]

East = morn-mot
West = Būng-eng-Būng-eng
North - Bŭr-gai
South - Gūr-rin
Enough - hold out hand
fingers spread = a lot
then pat own breast = I
shake head = no more
no - shake head
Yes - nod head

no more - none
shake hand [??]
and also head twice

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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.