Notes by Howitt on Kulin from Barak

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It is significant in all these
stories – no sign is visible of the victim
having been cut open. It is said
"they shut him up again”. There can
be no doubt that these stories refer to
“nightmare” – although there can be
perhaps as little doubt also that many
a one has fallen a victim to
this practice in actual reality.

William said he remembered an
old man being “caught” in the
manner described (and dying
in consequence) — by the Jajowrong Blacks.
Further that the old man went as far
as Lilydale from [where - crossed out] the scene of
the event (his dream?) and then died.

When a man died and there was
no Wirirap present to tell them who
had killed him – his friends dug a grave
which they carefully swept out and examined
for a small hole going downwards. A small
stick put down it showed the direction,
and in that direction the male relatives
went until they met some man – whom
they killed him to avenge the dead.

William gave this illustration: —
“When they had covered up the body
in the grave the old men would say
— now go on and when you have killed
a man – do not plant him – but
lay him out on a log so that people
can see him and know better
another time than to kill one of
our men” - then the killed man's
friends when they find him will be
very much frightened”.

[written in left side margin]

grave = Tham-bŭr

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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.