Field notebook

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Transcription - Page 48

extend arms in
semi circle from shoulders
palm in wards and
fingers a little bent.
1st sign = man by beard
2nd sign large
3rd point to clouds ------

little - make a
Small circle with
fingers ----------

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halfway [underlined] - clasp
the one hand with
thumb & fingers of
other at end of fingers
and [??] of
palm. ---------
Kūmmell a yellow snake
with marks poisonous-------
hold out index finger
then make a zigzag [trace?]
this is any snake
Iguana - place closed thumb
and fingers of each hand
together and separate them
[??] do this twice
then move right hand down
besides the body + take

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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.