Field notebook

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Transcription - Page 50

When they tried to dig
it up the snakes all
came out and they
ran off. Then Waang
said to the snakes
you run after them.
When the women saw
the snake after them.
When the women saw
the snakes after them
they hit at them with
the yam sticks and
some fire was
knocked off. Waang
saw this and put it
in his bag. By and
bye the women looked
by their fire for an
hour and Waang
said "what are
you looking for" --

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Is it for this - shewing
[two words crossed out] the in
the fire - 'they said
Ah! Ah? and hit
at him with the
yam stick but he
ran away. ------

He got a big stump
and put some
dirt on the tip and
kept his fire there.
One [sic] long ago there
was dry land right
out [one word crossed out] where the
ships go outside
the [heads crossed out]. Melb
Two boys were playing
getting [?gum or gworn?] and

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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.