Howitt to Fison 11 October 1878

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Further, among
the Kurni "All men are Yeerung
- all women Djeetgun" without any
totems - these names being totems
where subsequent multiplication
by "fission" has been arrested through
the establishment of the Pairing family.
I cannot understand how I can
have told you that they Wakerak
are Yeeung and Djeetgun. My
informant gave me totems and subdivisions
Merūng and Yūkembrūk as elsewhere
- Bellet Bellet (Lyrebird) +c
I must look this up (Your manuscript
see p 12.)

The Kurni tell me that "Biduelli" are
partly Kurni and partly Brajerak - their women
used to fo to Maneroo. You will see that substituting
Mūngan for lung (father) the other terms
are mostly Kurni. Yet they have the
class names Merūng + Yūkembrūk with
totems in a state of decay.

Since glancing over your work I see
pretty clearly that we have in the Kurni
an exceptional development on the
same general lines of the other Australian
tribes. It will act I think as a foil

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Document Details

Date 11 October 1878
Letter From Howitt, Alfred William
Letter To Fison, Reverend Lorimer
Country Australia
Holding Institution St Mark's National Theological Centre
Collection Name Alan Tippett/Lorimer Fison Collection
Registration Number tip70-10-33-21
Medium Letter
Region Gippsland
Locality Bairnsdale
Summary Discussion regarding A.W. Howitt and L. Fison's forthcoming joint publication, Kamilaroi and Kurnai. Exchange of drafts and confirmation and correction of content. Howitt also presents an example of the type of diagrams he would like to present, titled: Malayan and Turanian on one page and Kurni on the last.
Physical Description Handwritten in ink, signed and dated.