Notes by Howitt on Kulin from Barak

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some women were getting Būr-rit out of the
lagoons for food up near Benalla they left
their babies in the possum rugs a little
way off. Then Būnjil came and saw
the babies messing about and caught one
up in his claws and flew off to his
nest. The Baby was crying out all the way.
The women and men ran after,
and the baby's father tried to climb
up the tree with his stone tomahawk – then
Būnjil flew further off with the baby
and all the people ran after him
but he flew away and they never
saw the poor baby any more”.
The last illustration he gave was this: -
There is a bird called Jūnū jūnūt
– it is like a morepoke – has a large yellow
mouth. It is very true bird. I remember
it once came very close to where some
of our people were camped and began
to shout out to them “Jūnūt jūnūt”.
Then the Kūlin were sure that it was
telling them that [enemies - crossed out] wild blacks were coming after
them and sate up all night and
watched. In the morning it was some of
their friends who came up”. ——
Djeitgun is called Worngorūk

Yeerung is called Būnjil Boroin

Bor-o-in = dark

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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.