Howitt and Fison Papers





14same totem as the tarrimas sitting onthem. Sometimes the visitors placethe legs of their tarrimas across each otherfor a minute or two - and after theperformance is over the visitorscarry their tarrimas back to their respective camps and lay themdown carefully therein. During thisproceeding they do not speak andwhatever things the onlooking tarrimashave as food, clothes, fancy articles theygive to the tarrimas their visitorswhile they are dancing in front of them; but they shut their eyes whilegiving these presents and the dancing man never stops but receives itstill keeping up his performance.

When present at a meeting of theBurgullabura + Wandilibura tribeslately I noticed that the ceremonieswere all relative to tarrima; at thepresent time x all the Wakelburablacks have been [are - crossed out] absent [and - crossed out] for about ten monthsone part of the tribe having gone to visit their tarrimas atBlackall and Barcaldine on the Barcooor Thomson River and the other parthaving gone north to the Towers blacks.

A peculiarity as to tarrimais that two men who are tarrima to each otherare bot allowed to speak to each other.Suppose for instance that two blacksmeet, one from the Barcoo and the other

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[written in left side margin]see contra A

Burgullabura - called after"plains" - classes areMallera + Yungera

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hw0305 Letter from Cameron to Howitt 14/July/1884



Bunyabbi TribeThis tribe is located in thevicinity of Barcaldine StationAbout 60 miles west nor west ofof [sic] Blackall on the Barcoo. Thiscountry is on the Alice RiverTheir class divisions wereUrgilla marries Uberu child WunguBanbri [ditto] Wungu [ditto] UberuWungu [ditto] Banbri [ditto] UrgillaŪberū [ditto] Urgilla [ditto] Banbri

Bunyabbi totems areUrgilla = Eaglehawk, red KangarooWungu = Sugar bag, Duck, OppossumUberu = Emu Iguana

They burried [sic] in the groundPracticed sorcery, had rain makersDoctors and wizards to whom thepowers of magic were communicatedby departed friends or by dreamsThe sacred wand used at theBorah was called ToondoolaVocabulary Hand= Murra Foot=ThinaThigh= Thurra Toungue=Tallienmouth=dea

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tip70-10-33-19 Howitt to Fison 26 September 1878



Court House Sale Sept 26 1878

My dear Mr Fison I now post you schedules fromLake Condah V. Kunopia N.S.W. Nomaulin Q. Cloncurry Q. Barcoo Q. (2) Solomon Is. Kopperamanna S.A. and also a schedulefilled in with all the terms I have. You will see that I have added two or three; and I think it mightperhaps be advisable to add [Sisters brother's Sister -crossed out] wife's brother's wife, wife's sister's husband. In the Brabrolong system they would be of course [Tundung +c - crossed out]Bowung &c, Tundung &c. The Brabrolong system is the most logical one I know. Do you not think it wellto give the whole of your system in a schedule - perhapsas an appendix? I expect you intend to do this.I have now looked over R. B. S. book and I confess that Iam disappointed in the Magnum Opus. There is a great mass of facts but I can see how many of the facts aredistorted through the meduim conveying them, and their value is thereby distorted. As to our special work he has nothing but the little I gave him and as to the distribution of food in the common group I see nothing. I hope we shall be able to make our contribution perfectly accurate - I am now aboutto test all my facts afresh by a new course ofenquiry among a fresh lot of "Kurni." For if we have a shaky foundation our house will perhapstopple over on us or be pulled about our ears. I feel that it is hopeless for any one man The Rev. Lorimer FisonNavuloa Fiji

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