Notes on Kurnai 150 pages

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Brataua Kurnai

Taking the “fat” of an enemy

Mr McAlpine remembers that when he
was a boy – (he went to Port Albert in 1845)
A man from East Gippsland came there
named [?Politie?] Johnny. Morgan and
Darby were the head men at that time
at Woodside and Tarra respectively.
[?Polatie?] Johnny showed to Mr McAlpine a
cut in his side just below the ribs and
stated that Morgan and Darby had
knocked him down and taken out
his fat. Mr McAlpine saw Morgan
at his camp heating some fat
- [?caul?] fat it seemed to be – not kidney fat
over his fire and Darby rubbing some
fat over his face. Morgan said
“It was from [?Politie?] Johnny who was no good;
but [?Politie?] Johnny would not now be
strong any more and that Darby would
be very strong”. [?Politie?] Johnny did
not die but was killed by his own tribe
after he returned home.

When a [fl – crossed out] blackfellow hurt himself say
with a tomahawk or something he
would say Kŭlla-warrŭng – or
Kŭlla-airŭng – but did not like that
other blacks should hear him

What is the meaning of táileh-atáwy

[written in left side margin]
Ask Tommy Hoddinot

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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.