Field notebook

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Transcription - Page 13

After I was made tallunjŭn
about a year after old
Billy Lonsdale gave me
a pair of possums on a
stick and said - then
now you can eat old
woman possum. --------------
wirra-rap = doctor
mūng = rock crystal
[?take?] it one and
says that belonging to
ngarrang. [(Brewin) - crossed out]
wirrarap sends mūng
like a little wind along
the ground - then you
feel chilly - then pain
then short breath
then a wirrarap says
Have you got a

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lot of mūng there?
A lot of wirra rap then
come and draw it out.
The Mūng is carried
in nŭtba (bag).

Any one can give a
Murriwun - with some of
a man's hair + fat of
Emu fat, or any fat
Kalbŭn-e- mŭrri wŭn
broke - murriwun.

Bunjil was like an old
man he called all
the blacks to him amd
said we will not
stop here we will call
go up with the clouds

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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.