Notes by Howitt on Kulin from Barak

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from toothache. The blackfellow said “Poor old
man what is the matter with you”. “Oh I have
such a dreadful toothache.” – “Have some
Kangaroo to eat” – “No I can’t eat at all
I am in too much pain – but I could
swallow some of the blood” – Then they
gave him some of the blood; this
he put in something like a skin and
he took something like salt and put
on it and beat them so that he killed
them both. Then Bunjil was very
angry and sent a great man to
see after him. The wicked ―
when he saw him coming put the
[ston - crossed out] pebble in his cheek and pretended
to be in great pain. The great man
said “what is the matter poor old man”
“I have such a dreadful tooth ache”
“No you have no tooth ache – you have
a pebble in your mouth – let me see it”
“No – no I have a dreadful tooth ache see
how my face is swelled”. Then the
great man said “I know all your
lies and what you have done to these
poor fellows”. So he took a waddy
and beat the old fellow to death.

I have heard the old people tell
this story to show how [wicked - crossed out] bad it is
to tell lies and to cheat people ―

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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.