Notes by Howitt on Kulin from Barak

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Transcription - Page 14

To eat these forbidden animals subjects the
offender not only to punishment at the
hands of the old men but also is supposed
to bring upon him supernatural vengeance.
William was told by the old people at the
Goulburn River that if a “tallanggŭn” eat some
of a porcupine the Kaiu-wŭrn ([lightning or - crossed out] thunder)
would kill him sometime. A Tallangŭn who
eat the forbidden female possum [was - crossed out] would
it was supposed fall from a tree sometime
when climbing. It was the same with the native
bear. In all these cases it was supposed
that it was the Mūrŭp (ghost = spirit) of the
animal that revenged it. Eating Black Duck
was said to be punished by thunder or lightning.
(wūrn – da – bil = growling) – wūl – lū – djin =
shining – bright) —————

The illustration that William gave me was as
“If the Wang Kūrn (tallanggŭn) eat an old woman possum
then the Mūrŭp of the possum would catch him.
He feels bad and shows himself to the Doctor
(Wirarap) (Some Ngŭrŭng gaeta are Doctors – not all
– I am not). The Doctor comes up to see him, say
about 4 o’clock in the afternoon and the Wang Kūrn
stands before him. The Doctor looks at him and
says “You have a 'possum there – you have taken
too [eating - crossed out] quick to eat the possum”. The Doctor
then rubs down his thigh and pulls out a
young possum”. ——————

[written in the left side margin]
note the joea
of the Yūin

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Document Details

Letter From
Letter To
Author Howitt, Alfred William
Country Australia
Colony/State Victoria
Holding Institution State Library of Victoria
Collection Name Alfred W. Howitt Collection
Registration Number MS9356/391
Medium Notes
Summary MS 9356 [Series] Correspondence and notes concerning aboriginal tribes - Aboriginal tribes of Victoria. [Sub Series] Kulin Nation [Item Title] Notes by Howitt titled 'The Kulin tribe. Informant 'Ber-uk' otherwise King William of the Yarra tribe'. [Summary note] 103 pages. Box 1053 [Folder] 2(b) & (c) [State Library Victoria record 2018]
Physical Description Handwritten notes, undated and numbered pages. Additional notations and annotations in the left hand margins; includes a newspaper article.