Mrs K. Langloh Parker
I have to thank you much for your kindness in forwarding to me a slip [of the - crossed out]
from "Science" with your remarks on Kamilaroi marriage. I am not quite sure that
I have fully seen the tenor of your remark in the interesting notes which you have
appended to it. I therefore summarise them and add some queries which I shall feel
much indebted to you for further replies.
(1) The terms gwai-gullah and gwai-mudthu are new to me although I can [??] similar
ones occur in the Wiradjuri tribe. As the tribe is divided by them into two
intermarrying moieties, with descent in the female line, they correspond with the
two primary classes Kupathui and Dilbi of northern NSW and southern Qld.
Therefore the class and totemic system of the Kamilaroi tribe to which you
refer can be thus tabulated.

classes sub-classes totems
A Kupathui=Gwai-mudthi Ipai (a) [Kangaroo - crossed out] 1 Emu
Kumbo (b) +c +c
B Dilbi=Gwai-gullah Murri (c) [Iguana Black snake - crossed out] 2 Kangaroo
Kubbi (d) +c +c

Kindly fill in the totems of each class: also give the totemic
marriages thus;

male marries children are
murri-Kangaroo - Bootha - Iguana - Ipai and Ipatha - Iguana
+c for the three otehr sub-classes - giving all the totems for each

(2) You say "ergo a man could not marry the daughter of his mother's brother"
for that brother would be the same blood as (I regret I am unable to read the
last words of this sentence, but assume they may be "as his sister"
No doubt he is of the same blood as his Sister - but his wife and therefore his
daughter would be of the other "blood" e.g. other "moiety", class division +c
Please consider the following diagram in which I substitute letters and numbers
for the class, subclass + totem; m. means male + f. means female. I take your
instance gwai-gullah-murri- Kangaroo who is B.C.2
[m.A 1- crossed out]
[f. B - crossed out]

m.A.a.1 - fA.a1

Please observe that the
children are Kupathui
Kumbo + Bootha - Wau
Their class (your blood [??]) and
their totem is that of their brother,
and their subclass is that
which with their mother's subclass
[??] represent her class (blood [??])
of which they are [??]

[written in left side margin]
(3) your last sentence is not clear to me
as I read it it runs thus: a personal totem gained by them
does not act in marriage restrictions only in food taboos"
Kindly enlarge this as I do not follow your meaning.

gwai-murri-Kangaroo own or tribe B + S Gwai mudthi - Kumbo - Emu
Gwai-mudthi- Bootha - Emu Gwai-gullah - matha - Kangaroo
Gwai - mudthi - Ipai - Emu Gwai gullah - Kubbitha - Kangaroo
+c +c
as ※

[written at top of page]
appears to be
Bellwren Home
via Ipswich
I trust that you will
pardon the length
of my queries, but
the subject is so important
as to aboriginal marriage
that I feel quite certain
that you will not
grudge [me your - crossed out]
me the assistance which
your great knowledge of
native customs will
enable you to give.
I have read your
legends with very
great interest
and pleasure.

[written at bottom right hand side of page and up right margin]

The following diagram thus the marriage + descents
referred to in my paper and
a [woman - crossed out] man who is [Dilbi- Kapathui- Ipatha-Emu - crossed out] Kubathui-[Dilbi - Kubbi - crossed out] Ipai - Emu
might marry a [man who - crossed out] woman who
is Dilbi-Kubbitha- Kangaroo
unless there is any prohibition against
the marriage of a Brothers-sisters
daughter. Thus the question
I have asked - You are
I am sure aware that
[which - crossed out] this is
I have called in my writing [blood - crossed out] "own relationship" and also "tribal relationships" - e.g. The children of two "own" brothers or two "own" sisters are
brother + sister - but [two - crossed out] murri and a
matha of the same [??] is a [??]
are far distant "tribal brother +

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