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J Gibson at Dec 19, 2017 01:03 AM

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into [disuse] when it became no longer necessary.
We do not [ha...] found that the prohibition
is any stronger or any weaker among tribes divided
into four classes. I cannot say whether it is less
so among the tribes having agnatic descent as I have
not come in contact with any, but as you say
the prohibition is universal throughout Australia
It is fair to conclude that it is not.

I find it impossible to obtain any
reason for it from the natives . Our very intelligent
fellow with whom I am conversing on the subject
said " you will never find it out because we don't
know it ourselves" and added that he believed the
law was handed down to them from the Bukamuru
who first inhabited the earth and were afterwards
transformed into animals.

I think very little of Mr McLennans style
of criticism which appears to be based upon
a misconception if not ignorance of the Australian
clan laws. I wold be much obliged by your forwarding
my papers on the subject when you are done with them.

I will try to get you their word for [andre]
among the Darling River tibe. The Darling tribe about
Pooncarie and I think nearby to Wilcannia is called
Barkingi Did you get Taplin's book safely. I return
[] by the port and thanking you very
much for your kind offer to aid me.
My dear sir
Yours sincerely
Cameron|A L P Cameron

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into [disuse] when it became no longer necessary.
We do not [ha...] found that the prohibition
is any stronger or any weaker among tribes divided
into four classes. I cannot say whether it is less
so among the tribes having agnatic descent as I have
not come in contact with any, but as you say
the prohibition is universal throughout Australia
It is fair to conclude that it is not.

I find it impossible to obtain any
reason for it from the natives . Our very intelligent
fellow with whom I am conversing on the subject
said " you will never find it out because we don't
know it ourselves" and added that he believed the
law was handed down to them from the Bukamuru
who first inhabited the earth and were afterwards
transformed into animals.

I think very little of Mr McLennans style
of criticism which appears to be based upon
a misconception if not ignorance of the Australian
clan laws. I wold be much obliged by your forwarding
my papers on the subject when you are done with them.

I will try to get you their word for [andre]
among the Darling River tibe. The Darling tribe about
Pooncarie and I think nearby to Wilcannia is called
Barkingi Did you get Taplin's book safely. I return
[] by the port and thanking you very
much for your kind offer to aid me.
My dear sir
Yours sincerely
Cameron|A L P Cameron