Notes on Kurnai 150 pages

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from Billy Wood
The Gelantipy men are called
Wūrara Midŭng – Gelantipy is Wŭrara.

The Gippsland blacks are called
by them gūngala
and salt water is ngatchūngal.

A small pointed bone (kangaroo bone) is used – called Winjerrup
=pointing – 12 inches long – sharp at one end.
At the other end are tied Kangaroo sinews and strips
of flesh torn from the upper arm and the leg of a dead corpse.
[diagram] It is rubbed with
[?radale or raddle?] and grease from a corpse. If a man
is killed by this he dreams of it. When a
man is sick his friends will say “do you
dream of any one?”
There is also a murder instrument
called Gūliwil. It is used to kill
peoples. This was invented only
about 12 years ago by an old blackfellow
called King Maial.

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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.