Notes on Kurnai 150 pages

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Rain makers
There were old men who were called
"Bunjil Willŭng" who could make rain
come. They obtained their powers in dreams.
To produce rain one of them went down into
a water hole and filling his mouth
squirted in that direction which was
appropriate to his tribe. He then "sang [his - crossed out]
[so- crossed out] the rain". Braiaka squirted water
and sang towards the West the Krauŭn,
the Brataua towards the west also, the
Tatūngalŭng towards the South - the sea,
the Brabra and the Krauatun to the
Belling - the South East wind.
From these quarters their several rains
came. When for instance a nearby rain
came to the BraBra - it was the Braiaka
who sent it and so on. -
The same "Bunjil Willŭng" could
bring thunder.

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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.