Notes by Howitt on Kulin from Barak

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Transcription - Page 78



When people wish to leave a notice of
where they are gone they place a stick
in the ground pointing in the
direction. Something is tied to the
end to attract attention.
It’s called “Wo-yerrarn” or
Kalk”. If the newcomer is doubtful
when the others left he feels the ashes
to see whether they are warm. If slightly
warm then it was yesterday; or he
examines the tracks to see how old
they are. Whether gossamer web
over them +c

When a person wishes to call all attention
and find out where all the others
are – he lights a fire in a hollow
tree or makes a smoke with a hollow
tube of bark. Then people say
“Hallo something there” – and
they go and see what it is.

[written in left side margin]
signs +

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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.