Notes on Kurnai 150 pages

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so that a piece of fire fell down to the earth. Bibbrew
(the robin) seeing it carefully blew the spark up into
a flame and taking some of the fire spread it over
his breast where one can see it now. Thus it
was that the Kurnai got back their fire.

The frog + Noyang
Long ago all the water was drying up
and the little that was left Tidelek (the bullfrog)
swallowed and kept inside himself. All the people
were in danger of dying of thirst and some
tickled the sides of Tedelek while others danced (corroboreed)
before him to make him laugh so that the water
would run out of him. Ngarugal (the crow),
gula ([??]) [?Jun?] (Kangaroo), Narūt (wambat)
and all the other Muk Kurnai [corr - crossed out] danced
to make him laugh but in vain. At last
Noyang (the conger eel) began to dance and he
had sea weed hanging over his head as he danced
and he looked so funny that Tidelek burst out
laughing and all the water ran out of him.
All the rivers, and creeks and lakes and water
holes got full and there was no more scarcity.
The Tideleks (frogs) are always now singing
about water.

Insert here about Muk Kurnai

Būrŭn + his wife
Būrŭn (Pelican) walked from the Lakes Entrance
to Port Albert carrying a canoe on his head. As he walked
along some one put the leg of a kangaroo [into - crossed out] (Djerene-Djiraua)
into his canoe and it became a woman. Thus it
was that Būrŭn got a wife.

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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 MS9356/404
Medium Notes
Summary MS 9356 [Series] Correspondence and notes concerning aboriginal tribes - Aboriginal tribes of Victoria. [Sub Series] Kurnai [Item Title] Notes by A. W. Howitt titled 'Kurnai. Various names of plants, language etc.'. [Summary note] Incorporates information from correspondents including Mr. McAlpine, J. C. McLeod and tribal informants. 145 pages. Box 1053 [Folder] 3(b) & 4(a) [State Library Victoria record 2018]
Physical Description Correspondence and notes.