Notes on Kurnai 150 pages

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Jimmy Clark (and Bobby Coleman)
I was at the mouth of the Nicholson many years
ago. The Kurnai of Binnajerra, Bruthen, Wy Yung
were there - there was a great corroboree. The
Dinna Birrark Mūnjauin was there with his
two wives. In the night he slipped out of the
camp while his wives were asleep; one then
woke up and called out to the Kurnai that
he was away - and to look out for him.
The men then got ready and one shouted
out "Wūnmanda Kŭrnai?" (Where
is the man?) Then we heard him up in
the sky, shout out "Hoy!" We heard the
boughs of a tree making a great noise and
then the sound of the Mrarts jumping
down onto the ground. The Kurnai
asked "are there any Brajerak or Loan
after us?" The Mrarts said "ngatbŭn"
(no white men - no Brajerak) Then they
were asked "Who are you?" The reply was
"Blackfellows belonging to this place".
They (Kŭrnai) talked in very strange voices
(the narrator here imitated it by talking into
the hollow of his hand - at the same time
holding his nose between [the - crossed out] his thumb and
forefinger). The mrarts men said
"We must go home, or else the
gwerraale Kraura (great west wind)
may come and blow us out to sea")
In the morning we found Mūnjanin
lying on the ground as if asleep where the mrarts
had been, and there were the marks of the footprints
where the mrarts had jumped down, a foot
deep in the hard earth.

[written in left side margin]
Harry Stevens' father
"Wizards who chirp, peep + mutter"

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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.