hw0193 Cameron to Howitt 21/06/1900

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Murrumbong Mossgiel NSWales July 21st 00

Dear Mr Howitt I am sorry not to have been able to write to you sooner but we are having a terrible time up here and I have had a bad turn of Rheumatic gout to add to my troubles.

I am sending you a list of the marriage arrangements of the Wonghi which are pretty well exactly those of the Wiradhuri. From the list of totems you will easily see who marries who and I have tested them in the actual families so I know they are absolutely correct. I cannot find out the words meaning relating to dry and to wet but I will have another try.

I would like to find this equivalent to Waa + Bungil among these Wonghi and Wiradjuri people and whether Mukwara or Kilpara is equivalent to to [sic] Waa. I hope you will manage to find a publication and I suppose it is not a very easy matter as

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The readers of such works are not very numerous. The great majority preferring Deadwood Dick to Scientific Research

I sent a short paper some time ago to the Science of Man which published it in the Dear Members With kind regards I am Yours faithfully ALP Cameron

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Diagram Wonghibon Tribe Showing how marriage is rule by the Totemic subdivisions

Ipai m.h. x marries Kubbitha W.D. Matha K and Matha B Ipai E marries Kubbitha W D Matha K and Kubbitha B Ipai O marries Matha W.D Matha B and Kubbitha K

Kumbo m.h. marries Matha W.D [Matha - crossed out] Kubbitha B and Kubbitha K Kumbo E marries Kubbitha K Matha WD and Matha B Kumbo O marries Matha K Kubbitha WD and Kubbitha B

Murri K marries Ipatha mh Ipatha E and Bootha O Murri B marries Ipatha mh Ipatha O and Bootha E Murri WD marries Ipatha O Bootha mh and Bootha E

Kubbi WD marries Ipatha mh Ipatha E and Bootha O Kubbi B marries Ipatha E Bootha mh? and Bootha O Kubbi K marries Ipatha O Bootha mh and Bootha E

Note mh signifies mallee hen E emu O opossum wd wild duck B bandicoot K Kangaroo

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