Notes by Howitt on Kulin from Barak

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Called by Braiaka and Brabra Wea-wŭk the Bad country
The Bad country
called in the Woeˈwūrŭng language Márine Bek (Bek country)
the flesh of game was Márine-qui-alp? (ji-ak of [Kulin crossed out] Kurnai .
The water was Márine barn (yarn of Kurnai)

All the country between the Yarra River
[from about Lilyd - crossed out] up as far as Gardner Ck
- then by Gardner Ck up to Dandenong then
by source of Dandenong Ck +c+c up to
Latrobe River; thence by right bank of
Latrobe to Lake then by Lake to Lakes Entrance
then by sea coast to mouth of Murray
was called “the bad country” ------------
It included the Westernport blacks
– the Bratawalung the Tatungalang
(called by Tommy Hoddenot Katungal)
This country was regarded as very
injurious to strangers. If a strange black
came onto it on a visit it was necessary
that he should have some one to “look
after him”. It was necessary during
this first visit that he should never
be left alone without some one to see to
him; if his guardian went hunting
or fishing he deputed some one in his
stead. The visitor was fed with
[m - crossed out] food from the point of a stick
[which - crossed out] and he took it in his teeth and
not in his hands; this food of meat
was smoked; water that he drank
was stirred with a smoked stick;
he was not allowed to sit or sleep
on the ground except in a raised
couch of branches and leaves which
were also well smoked, to keep off
the evil influence of the country.
[This is - crossed out] The care of the visitor extended
even to his being asleep and in calls of nature.

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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.