Notes on Kurnai 150 pages

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Little Jack - a Krauatūn Kŭrnai
re Jera-el
His father was made a Jera-el at Lake Tyers
of [from - crossed out] which his mother was. He was not made
a Jerael and therefore was not a Yeerŭng
as was his father.
Some of Krauatŭn used to go to Maneroo
ir to beyond Bega to be made Jerael but
had not any Jera-el themselves.

In sleep the Yambo of a man can go out
and see people who have been dead a long time,
but animals have not a Yambo.

Omens by animals
When a Kangaroo comes toward you it is a sign
that some one is [left - crossed out] trying to catch you. The same
when it crosses your path; if it follows you
it means that friends are coming.
It is the same with Emus; also with
Eaglehawk when that bird comes near you
and sits on a tree without being afraid
of you and looks at you - it is a warning
that some one is about.
The mina also gives warning but it is not
reliable - it also warns the Kangaroos
that you are after them.
The crow is a great friend of the Kŭrnai
and flies round them and talks to them
giving them warning of danger.

The sky
The clouds are called nūrt - and the
sky is called bring a nūrt (bring = bone)

Note. Harry Stevens concurred with the above having been
it from the old people; but he could not tell (nor
could Jack) what they supposed happened to be beyond the

[written in left side margin - next to comment about Krautun not having Jeraeil]
This is a puzzling
question - Why had not
the Krauatun the

[written in left side margin above 'the sky']
Old totems

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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.