Howitt and Fison Papers


hw0150 Notes on the Guyangal and Kurial



Morgan's "Ancient Society".*Subsequently Mr Lance informed methat the spelling aforesaid did not agree with the(17) pronunciation as heard from the lips of the natives. After careful inquiry from a numberof competent informants, some of whom wereaborigines I altered the spelling of the wordsto that given in the Table, which to my ear comesas nearly as possible to the pronunciation, itbeing borne in mind that the vowels have theirproper sounds. not those which we give themin English.

I am careful to explain this thus min-utely because there hangs to it something morethan a mere question of orthography. Kubi'ssister is called Kapŏta by Mr Ridley, + the factis thereby concealed that this classname issimply Kubi with the feminine terminationtha, just as Tarawangan is the feminine formof Tarawang. From the spelling given in theTable it is seen at a glance that in the Kamil-aroi language, the feminine names aareformed from the masculine [by the - crossed out] by adding tha,as they are formed elsewhere by adding an, [??]or gor. Matha + Butha are evidently contrac-tions of Muritha + Kumbutha. But see Note to Capiiion Rule iv. [L. F.]

Subdivision of the Four Classesby means of Totems

It is perhaps not too much to say that every tribe of the Australian aborigineshas totem subdivisions, each distinguished bythe name of an animal. It is certain thatsome of these contract the range of marriage

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GGeneral conclusions H2/50[Gibson - Mr J. - preface, - 25 note, appendix C - crossed out][Gippsland, first settlement of 1. - crossed out][aboriginal population of 1 - crossed out]Ghosts 64White men thought to be 67Gibson Mr J, Preface, 25 note, Appendix CGippsland, first settlement of 1aboriginal population of 1Gournditch-mera tribe 52 note, 76 note, Appendix C, H2/8 noteGroup relationships H2/11

HHagenauer Rev. F. A. 25 noteHand of a corpse 61Hearne Professor H2/18

IIndividual marriage H2/40Infanticide 9, H2/44Inheritance 63Initiation ceremony of 14Isolation, of Kurnai 3, 88 note

KKinship, terms of 56Adevelopment of H2/1Kühn Rev Julius preface, 31, 76 noteKurnai - isolation of 53, 88 notetheir life one of dread 84meaning of name 7their character and intelligence 78their present social condition H2/1their numerals 78 note

LLance Mr T. E. - H 2/7 noteLewin 12Lubbock Sir John H 2/11

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4MathewsAmerican Antiquarian

"All that has been said in preceding pagesRespecting the Kurnu subdivisions into "shade"and "blood" castes, totems, descent, betrothal +capply to the Kamilaroi..."This is a surprising statement since it coversa great number of tribes nearly all of whom are nowpractically or altogether extinct, over an area of country of some --- square miles (quote my boundaries)My information related to these tribeswhen in a more primitive condition andwas furnished by those who had an intimae acquaintancewith the Kamilaroi.According to Mr Mathews all these tribeshad the system of marriage which Mr Mathewsgives as a tribal form at p 86 - and which I giveat p200 of my Native TribesBut there were certain tribes in which what I have termed "anomalous marriage" becauseafter careful enquiry from my correspondentswhich supplemented those made [many years - crossed out] before1873 by ''Dr Lorimer Fison]], these [there were in common- crossed out][among the Karrelly tribes- crossed out] occurred only in certain tribes.The earliest instance was obtained by Mr T ELance and was discussed by Dr Fison + myselfin our joint work "Kamilaroi + Kurnai" - in 18?as a form of "half sister marriage".I have fully considered this at p203 of my Native Tribes

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