Notes on Kurnai 150 pages

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out to Morgan and the others. They made
a fire and began to beat the rugs for me to
come down for I was now a Mulla-mullung.
When they came up I was standing at the
bottom of the tree on the ground. I had the
Kīn held tight in my hand.

After that I could send this Kīn away
by saying to it Blappane! (go) and
could throw it in the night at people.
I [sic] would them come back to me after [a - crossed out]
it had gone through the man. I have
thrown it at men I disliked and they
used to die about a fortnight after.

I kept the Kīn in a bag made of a Tuan skin
in the hole of a tree near Ramahyuck. Some
time ago I [got - crossed out] took to drinking and I dreamed
that my wife threw some (sanguis menstrulis)
on me. I then lost all power as a mulla mullung
and the Kīn went away [I -crossed out] out of the
bag. I could never find it again although
I have slept at that place several times
to try and get it back again.

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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.