Notes on Kurnai 150 pages

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Tommy Hoddinot

Mŭlla Mŭllung
My fathers name was Dūlŭng-ngŭrrŭng
from a place near Prospect. He was also called
Bunjil Bátalūk (Iguana) from his carrying
a live Iguana about with him. When he travelled
he used to carry it on his head. It was about
this length (he here measured about 4 feet in length)
He kept this Iguana in his camp with him
but my mother and I lived in a camp of our
own closely. He could send this Iguana
in the night into people's camp to hurt them
and when girls ran off (Yenjin) he used
to send his Iguana into the bush to [walk - crossed out]
run before him and to point out where they
were hidden. He told me that he got this
Iguana because he dreamed once that
he was an Iguana himself, so that this Bataluk
and he were like the same person.

He marked his possum rugs by cutting
this dream upon them in this way - as if
on his head. He also marked possums on
his rugs, these were his marks (norrie-brŭk)


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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.