Notes by Howitt on Kulin from Barak

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Belin Belin was an old man. Belin Belin is a bird (Musk crow).
Bunjil held his staff (like a spear) standing in the ground.
He said are you all ready. Then he said to Belin Belin let out
some wind. Belin Belin let out wind – that blew very strong.
A lot of the people went up. Bunjil said let out more wind.
Belin Belin opened another bag then Bunjil pulled his
———— staff out of the ground and went up to the Tharangalkbek.

Birŭng” – Būnjil's staff is of Ironbark wood and very heavy
he uses it for digging out the nests of the white ants.

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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.