Field notebook

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Transcription - Page 11

Balayang (Bat) lived in [the -crossed out] the
[west -crossed out] country to the West and spoke
the Wataurung language =
He had no wife - but only a
Wordai-gurk - She dug up yams
[Beru- crossed out] (Ba-ŭrne) mūrnūng -
and left them near his camp -
then went back to her own and
beat the drum on a rug to call
his attention to it. Then B. went
+ got the yams + cooked them
and eat them. Then when
he went out hunting + killed
a Kangaroo - he took back

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and left it near her camp
and went back to his camp
+ beat the sticks to call her
attention to the meat which she
took + eat.

The old woman then went
to a log and split it open
with her Yamstick - Kurn-naing
and there were two young women.
She told them to go down into the
lagoon + swim about.
They began then to beat the
water with their hands + make

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Document Details

Date 09 Oct 1897
Letter From
Letter To
Author Howitt, Mr Alfred William
Country Australia
Holding Institution Museums Victoria
Collection Name Alfred W. Howitt Collection
Registration Number XM 775
Medium Notebook
Summary Belonging to A.W. Howitt. Ethnographic and survey notes. Content also includes discussion of Woeworung marriage rules and a table of marriage is given; documents a number of stories regarding Aboriginal History; and includes the signs of Aborigines in the deed drawn up by John Batman. Includes a genealogy of sorts for William Barak. There are unrelated botanical notes and illustrations as well. There also appear to be sketch drawings of animals, possibly made by Richards or Barak towards the end of the book.
Physical Description Notebook, leather-bound, with metal clasp. 40 sheets, 71 pages. Condition: fragile; spine is slightly weak but no loose pages.