Notes by Howitt on Kulin from Barak

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Transcription - Page 89

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[diagram of camp arrangements for 6 family groupings]

1. William wife & child
2. W. brother [ditto]
3. W. Father & Mother
5. Dandenong friends
6. Young men
4. William wife father & mother

behind Will's wife fath & moth camp is
a screen of boughs
Buckley's friends were at Geelong
Bacchus Marsh, Werribee, Mordialluk
– I know this because they told me this.
His lot were the Geelong tribe - Wŭdthewrung

Wife's mother

A woman [of- crossed out] cannot “see” or speak to her
daughter's husband, or his brother – they
thought that if she did her hair and
theirs would turn white

In order to prevent any such consequences, the old
woman does as follows: a man sends
provisions to his wife's father by his wife. The old
man says to his wife – you had better
eat this; she rubs up charcoal in her
hands and smears it over her face -
cheeks – mouth & chin. This being done
she eats the provisions without fear
of her [or his - crossed out] hair turning white or that of
her daughter's husband.

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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.