Notes by Howitt on Kulin from Barak

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Transcription - Page 83


It was always said that the
Leargabŭllŭk people at the sources of the
Campaspe had [the rain - crossed out] power over
the rain. Thunder & lightning came
from the (Tharangalk beck) [beyond the - crossed out] country beyond the sky
[sky - crossed out] and do not belong to this country
but only came here to smash the trees
and then go away ________________

The Bull roarer

The Bau-beráugan I have seen
used as a plaything by the young people
from Bunyip down to the Tarwin.

Chief’s wives

The wives of Headmen could tell the young
women of the camp to do things for them
just as their husbands could tell the
young men.

Headmen and game

If a Headman went out to hunt
with his “partners” and killed a wallaby
he would give it to one to carry; if he
killed another he would give it to the
other; if he killed none and they
had a heavy load he would carry
some himself.

[mom- crossed out] Widows

Widows went to brother own or tribal
If no brother then her father or her brother
disposed of her. Never saw widows
common to the young men.

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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.