Questions for William Berak

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17 Bimbeal Who was he - the son of Bunjil?
Bimbeal is said to be the rainbow + the
second rainbow - his wife - what is her name
marine Bek -exact meaning of + if used
by the inhabitants speaking of
their own country
Tharangalk (meaning of?
18 Gerer the sun
from R. Howitt's Impressions of Australia
"Pungil held out his hand to the sun
and warmed it. The sun (gerer)
warmed the earth which opened
and blackfellows came out and
danced a corroboree called "gaygip"
a dance which the blacks now have
and at which they dance before images
carved curiously in bark."

19 Karackarrak
who was?
"R. Howitt gives legend
"At first it was very cold and the
country was full of snakes. K the daughters
of Punjil killed them all with her
yam stick which broke and fire came
out of it. Wang the crow flew away with
the fire but K. brought it back?
Did Waang the crow steal the fire for the Kulin?

20 Berwool and Bobniger
son + daughter of Punjil
survived the flood which occurred when
Bunjil +Co were carried up in a whirlwind +
became the ancestors of the Kulin, and Wang
became the crow. How did Bunjil cause the flood?

[written in left side margin]
marine excellent
eg marine [?Kuley?] = Emu

With a

R. H.

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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.