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Maneroo
[The sky - There is another kind of country up above - crossed out]
[the sky and other blackfellows are - crossed out]
[there - crossed out]

Initiation
King Charley says:- (with him "Neddy Rourke")
I was at a Kūring-al which was held at a
place near Crisp's station beyond [Blu - crossed out] Buckley's
Crossing
- on this side of Snowy River. There were
people there from Maneroo and some Bidwelli
- also one man from the Tumut River.
We went away into the bush to a clear space
in thick scrub - the women were all sent away.
There were two boys to be made men. The boy
stood with each foot in a hole - a man stood
behind him and held him by the arms.
Old Murray Jack separated the gum from the
tooth with his finger nail and then
placed a piece of wood like a chisel (K.C here
showed a length of say 10 inches) and knocked
it with a piece of wood. The tooth came out
at first blow. It is supposed that when the
tooth holds fast that the youth has had
intercourse with women surreptitiously.
After the teeth were out we went to a camp.
There during the day light the men
held games such as chasing kangaroos +c.
At night the old man John Giwan
showed them a glass joeah which he brought
out of his mouth. He made a fire and
danced and sang round it and
brought up the Joeah. Murray Jack
also did the same and brought up a Kangaroo
bone. The teeth being tied onto a piece of
Kaiŭng were sent the round to Tumut

[written in left side margin]
Youths might eat
Ringtail
Rock Wallaby
Bk. Wallaby
Kangaroo Rat
Bk. Duck
Wambat
Fish
[?Quols?]

mith not eat
possum
Kangaroo
Porcupine
Emu
Emu egg
Bandicoot
Bk. snake
Eel

9

6
Maneroo
[The sky - There is another kind of country up above - crossed out]
[the sky and other blackfellows are - crossed out]
[there - crossed out]

Initiation
King Charley says:- (with him "Neddy Rourke")
I was at a Kūring-al which was held at a
place near Crisp's station beyond [Blu - crossed out] Buckley's
Crossing
- on this side of Snowy River. There were
people there from Maneroo and some Bidwelli
- also one man from the Tumut River.
We went away into the bush to a clear space
in thick scrub - the women were all sent away.
There were two boys to be made men. The boy
stood with each foot in a hole - a man stood
behind him and held him by the arms.
Old Murray Jack separated the gum from the
tooth with his finger nail and then
placed a piece of wood like a chisel (K.C here
showed a length of say 10 inches) and knocked
it with a piece of wood. The tooth came out
at first blow. It is supposed that when the
tooth holds fast that the youth has had
intercourse with women surreptitiously.
After the teeth were out we went to a camp.
There during the day light the men
held games such as chasing kangaroos +c.
At night the old man John Giwan
showed them a glass joeah which he brought
out of his mouth. He made a fire and
danced and sang round it and
brought up the Joeah. Murray Jack
also did the same and brought up a Kangaroo
bone. The teeth being tied onto a piece of
Kaiŭng were sent the round to Tumut

[written in left side margin]
Youths might eat
Ringtail
Rock Wallaby
Bk. Wallaby
Kangaroo Rat
Bk. Duck
Wambat
Fish
[?Quols?]

mith not eat
possum
Kangaroo
Porcupine
Emu
Emu egg
Bandicoot
Bk. snake
Eel