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Maneroo NSW
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Informant Charley Nuking. Born at Reedy
Flat
Maneroo NSW. His father
Old Nuking a Maneroo Black his mother
Kitty from the Murray. Does not remember his
own native name nor the name of the tribe to
which he belongs.

Class names and totems
Meroong Yuckemberok
He is Nabdjanadjan - bat Bellit Bellit Lyrebird
Wonga Wonga = Pigeon Nadjan common possum
Kowunga Black possum Tchudugung black snake
Gooroombuging Magpie Budalook – Iguana
Djewilba Kangaroo Djinoong – Kangaroo rat
Mandja – scrub wallaby Brinyoo – Paddy melon
Wayal – rock wallaby Toonee Tooneet Morepork
Ngooim Emu – native cat
Tundeya - monkey bear
Bungadey - Wambat
Butbi – Ringtail

He says that when he was ‘made a young man’
and had one of his front teeth knocked out
he received the name of “Naldjana djan”
He thinks his father was Yukimbūrk
His mother was Miroong. Cannot remember
rules regulating marriage.

Property –
When a man died absolutely everything
belonging to him was buried with him.
They did not like to see any thing of his
lying about nor did they talk of him again.

Country –
Reedy flat belongs to him because
he was born there – it would belong to
anyone else who was born there as well
as to him.

Cousins –
Another Natdjanadjan would be to him
not as a brother (Tidjang or Kookung) but
Gornan = cousin ie mothers brothers son

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