Notes by Howitt on Kulin from Barak

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Transcription - Page 93

The Wizards

The Wirarap D [corner of page torn off]
bauk = high up
He belonged to the
lived near Mt
could bring back
when it had left h
to the Karalk (sunset place)
[on that at nea - crossed out] after the white men
when there were some houses at Heid
and a few at Bacchus Marsh – als
the time when I had a little whiskers
(about 40 [years - crossed out] 45 years ago? AWH) a black fellow
was nearly dead at Heidelberg. His friends
were all round him - and they sent for
Doro-bauk. When he came the man's
[Mūrŭp was gone for he - crossed out] was only
just breathing the very least possible
and his Mūrŭp was gone - nothing
remaining in him but a little wind.
Doro-bauk went off after the Mūrŭp
and after a time returned with it
under his 'possum rug. He had
caught it by the middle before it
had got near to the Karalk. If it
had got down there he could not
have caught it. The man was
just breathing a little wind – his eyes
[were quite shut and he- crossed out] Doro-bauk
laid himself down on the dead man
and put the mūrŭp into him.
After a time the man came to
life again.

When people seemed likely to die the
Wirrarap was sent for to watch him
and to catch the mūrŭp if it
tried to get away.

It was the mūrŭp which taught the
Wirrarap first, and which flew with him
when he wanted to go any where
or to go up to the Tharangalk (sky).

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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.