Notes on Kurnai 150 pages

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Kurnai food rules

children women Tūtnŭng
stingray Bālangūrk - no one eats it -
grub crŭng - yes any one -
porpoise gūrnŭng - any one can eat it

The lauerberi snake is not poisonous - any one will eat him.
The boys cannot eat the flesh of Noyang - conger eel nor of
the Porcupine = gallern until the "mrarts" have given
it them to eat the latter hidden in the ground.

The Gauern or gūmbak is the gweabun wifes in river of the thunder.
When he hears it he buries himself in the ground.

can eat any fish only noy Noyang

The Buller wreng is one of the real old fathers of
the Kurnai. The [?looks?] out fpr the boys at the
Jeraeil. The Buller is not bullen=two nor is
wreng = black duck. As [?In?] says the "Wreng" is on
this side and the Tūtbing (Buller wreng) is in that
side he has nothing to do with him."

The woman cannot make the [Tūt nurring's bread
because [??] she could not bake his dūra.

The Rule is (with few exceptions) the Jeraeil may eat
anything that swims in [the -crossed out] or in the water - except
the Bk Duck, the Spoonbill, - he may eat [anything - crossed out]
[that butt- crossed out] the wambat because it burrows
in the ground but he may not eat some things that
climb up trees.

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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.