hw0258 Cameron to Howitt 20/08/1884

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110 Kingston Terrace Church St Richmond Melbourne Aug 20th 1884

A.W. Howitt Esq Sale

My dear Sir I am in receipt of yours of the 21st ult but having been on the move for some time was unable to reply sooner I note what you say about my paper and shall be glad to have of its being read. You did quite right about allowing the word "sacred wand" I used it because I thought you or Mr Fison had used it in Kamilaroi + Kurnai but as you say it does not convey a good description of this humming instrument. I was unable to learn by what means the Mathajurri

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identified their clan names with those of other tribes hinder into Oorgilla etc. My informant saying "Oh blackfellow know which one name all right" I have no doubt whatever that your Marathu giddi tribe is identical with Mathaguru, as I heard it pronounced differently by different blacks and I had first written it Matha curti I had great difficulty in putting what information I did as they speak such bad English. They evidently know of the existence of tribes divided into Murri Kumbathe because when I assured one of them that I came from a long way off and that I was Wungu he said "Baal Wungu, Murri I believe" I asked him if he

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had heard of the Ipai classes + he said "I bin hearem that fellow" I think it most likely he had heard of them from the black police.

With regard to the classes Krugilla Karbaroo and Kurgira= Krukilla they certainly do look as if they had been transposed. I haven't my note book in town but I am pretty certain I made no mistake in writing them out. If you write to my brother Chas J Cameron Penola Downs Winton I am sure he would answer any question in his power but he doesn't understand much about the blacks. Mr McGilvray Eddington Cloncurry might also assist but I am not personally acquainted with him beyond staying a night

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there but I noticed a good many blacks about the place When I went up there no one knew that they were divided into classes and the blacks were quite astonished to find that on hearing the class of an individual I could tell him to what class his wife and children belonged and that I knew many of their customs especially in connection with the borah. I produced an imaginery Bullroarer and told them I had been initiated. I assure you they were much edified at my description of the ceremony.

Your information regarding a tribe in the Northern Territory having a new class systeem of 8 names

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is very interesting in showing a totally new organisation of society, with a much more extended marriage system My movements are uncertain just now but if I have an opportunity I will find out the class name of King David according to the Bunjil waa system.

I shall be very glad to get your paper on the Australian terms of relationship when published and am sure it must have required a very great deal of thinking out I will write a note today to Mr Thwaites the person in charge at Framlingham and ask him if he can give me the information

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