Questions for William Berak

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Transcription - Page 4

Palyan said by Thomas to be brother to Bunjil
+ ruler of sea made two women to match
Bunjil's 2 men [made - crossed out]
What about Bunjil making one of the
men lighter than the others, and giving
them curly or straight respectively?
What about Djurt Djurt and Thara pursuing
Waa when he stole the fire from the Karat
gūrk? Thomas says Thara came back
with it that Djurt Djurt was buried to death
into mountain called munnis [munis written above] and was
after made by Bunjil into a star which glows
like fire.

Murena Kooding
At a gathering south of Yarra Goulburn, Mt
, Barrabool Yarra a Western Port
tribes were present. Some Goulburn women
quite naked stole behind [some - crossed out] young men
and placed their hands on their heads
no soon was this done than the men became
quite helpless and insensible when a
lock of hair was taken from the head
of each with their head ornaments.

Next morning the drs had them carried
to the fire by 2 friends each. Then they scraped
their hair off from head to feet - singing
finally rubbed them all over with red ochre

[written in left side margin]

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Document Details

Letter From
Letter To
Author Howitt, Alfred William
Country Australia
Holding Institution State Library of Victoria
Collection Name Alfred W. Howitt Collection
Registration Number MS9356/429
Medium Notes
Summary MS 9356 [Series] Correspondence and notes concerning aboriginal tribes - Aboriginal tribes of Victoria. [Sub Series] Wurunjerri (See also Kulin nation and Port Phillip) [Item Title] Questions from A. W. Howitt for William Berak, Shaw's tribal informant and notes. [Summary note] 16 pages. Box 1054 [Folder] 1(a) [State Library Victoria record 2018]
Physical Description Handwritten in ink. Undated and unsigned. Possibly a draft? First 10 pages contains a list of questions. Some subheadings throughout. Last 6 pages are notes. Includes 2 sketch maps.