Notes by Howitt on Kulin from Barak

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Transcription - Page 76

Great Meetings

At the great meetings of tribes the old men
consulted and arranged which of the young
women should be sent away – that is young
women who had become marriageable.
This was important because where a man had
a sister married in another tribe her brother
could go there and return in safety
and carry messages. To these great
meetings presents were brought – and given
to the principal men who distributed them
among the young men and the old men
also gave the young men [permission - crossed out] leave to
go and visit the places where their sisters
have gone to “to go there quietly and not to do
harm to anyone”.

At the great meetings for “ Wang Kŭn"
- when the ceremonies are over and they are
settling up everything before going home
people exchange presents and swap
their rugs, weapons, corroboree costumes
+c with each other. It is like an auction.
--- yet William says this of the Woiworŭng.
“What the Gippsland blacks call “Jeraeil” is called “Jibauk
A boy was made a young man by being taken by some man

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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.