Notes on Kurnai 150 pages

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Yenjin - or in the Nūlit (Braiaka) language Yennin

There were men called Bunjil Yenjin whose business it
was to bring about any particular elopement. For instance
where a young man wanted a wife and fixed his mind
upon some particular girl he employed the Bunjil
Yenji to whom he gave a rug, spears +c. This man
then lay on the ground, the youth went to him and
next all his comrades. The Bunjil Yenjin then
sang his song accompanied by the young men.
This might be in the camp - in fact usually
was, for it was it seems essential that some
friends of the girl say her female cousin should carry
to her the news of what was going on. Indeed every
one knew what was being done and the name
of the girl. Such a song is the following:-
Bára bŭrni [molla - crossed out] wangūr molla
Roll up the twine [a little way off - crossed out] (Jaw) the woman's name / down there (over there)

Tállo bŭrni tallo Káragan
The little twine little sweetheart

ngellagálli Kárnang
I go ahead the hollow (in the ground)
gōla yinna
before you.

Where the Bunjil Yenjin considers that his
song has been sung long enough he tells
the youth - "that will do". But before this
a further incantation takes place.
The Bunjil Dauangŭn is called on,
and he's paid by rug, [blan- crossed out] spears +c

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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.