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Terms of Relationship

In the language of the Dieri Tribe
Ascertained by the Rev J. Flierl native word for "my"

The object of this inquiry is to ascertain the specific terms of relationship in the native language by which
each person would address the others. To effect this a good plan is to arrange before the native informant sticks or any other con-
venient objects in the order marked in the diagram explaining that these objects represent certain persons. It will be found
advantageous to construct the diagram by this means little by little, ascertaining the first terms before proceeding to the others.
As each term is ascertained it can be marked down in its place on the following list.

Example. Having placed two sticks side by side thus _1 _ 4 explain to the native that Nos. 1 and 4
represent two brothers of whom No. 1 is the elder. Then ask him "what does No. 1 call No. 4"? (i.e. by what term
of relationship does he address him.) Supposing the native to be of Gippsland the answer will be Bramung. Insert
1. Bramung opposite to No. 1 calls 4. and ask "what does No. 4 call 1"? The answer will be Tundung. Insert
Tundung opposite to No. 4 calls 1. If all the numbers are not procurable insert those which have been
ascertained. They cannot fail to be of value. Due honour will be given to all who help in the
inquiry when the results are published. Please return when filled up to.

A.W. Howitt Sale

[Diagram]
1m 2F 3F 4M
5F 6M 7M 8F
9M 10F 19M 20F 21M 22F 17M 18F
11F 12M 23F 24M
13M 14F 15M 16F 25M 26M

Explanation of Diagram - M signifies males, F signifies female,the persons indicated in the diagram
are arranged in order of Seniority and descent. Thus No.1 is the elder brother of 2, 3 and 4. No. 3 is the younger
sister of 4. 1 the elder sister of 4. No. 9 is the elder brother of 10. No. 1 is the husband of 5 their children are 9 + 10.
No. 10 is the wife of 12 their children are 15 + 16.

[Table]
No. 1 calls
2 - ngattata; 4 - ngattata; 5 - noa; 6 - [(tinara tidnara - crossed out] kadi; 8 - [ngatamura- crossed out] jimari; 9 - ngatamura; 10 - ngatamura
11 - tidnara; 12 - tidnara; 13 - janko; 14 -janko; 15 - janko;
17 - ngatamura; 19 - tidnara; 25 - kami
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No. 2 calls
1 - neji; 3 - ngattata; 5 - kamari; 7 - jimari; 9 - ngatamura;
13 - kami; 25 - kanini; 26 - kanini
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No. 3 calls
2 - kaku; 4 - ngattata; 19 - tidnara; 13 - janka; 15 - janko; 25 - kami; 26 - kami
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No. 4 calls
1 - neji; 3 - [kanku- crossed out] kaku; 13 - janko; 5 - jimari
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No. 5 calls
1 - noa; 2 - kamari; - ? 4 - jimari; 6 - neji; 8 - jimari; 9 - [ngatani - crossed out] ngattani;
11 - kalari; 12 - baiara
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No. 6 calls
1 - kadi; 3 - jimari; 5 - ngattata; 7 - jimari
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No. 9 calls
1 - [apiri - crossed out] aperi; 2 -[apiri waka- crossed out] papa; 3- papa; 4 - aperi waka or mama; 5 - andri;
6 - kaka; 8 - andri waka or jibi
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No. 11 calls
1 - taru; 5 - kalari
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No. 12 calls
1 - taru; 5 - baiara
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No. 13 calls
1 - janko; 2 - janko; 4 - janko; 5 - kami
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No. 15 calls
1 - ngadada; 2 - ngadada; 4 - ngadada
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No. 17 calls
1 - aperi pirna; 9 - [negi - crossed out] neji; 10 - [karju- crossed out] kaku; 19 - kami; 20 - kami
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No. 18 calls
9 - neji; 10 - kaku; 11- kamari; 12 - jimari; 19 - jimari; 20 - kamari; 23 - kalari; 24 - neji
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No. 19 calls
1 - kaka; 3 - andri waka or jibi; 5 - papa; 7 -aperi waka; 9 - [neji - crossed out] kami; 10 - kami; 13 - tidnara
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No. 20 calls
9 - kami; 10 - kami; 13 - tidnara
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No. 21 calls
2 - andri (pirna); 9 [neji -crossed out] kami; 19 - [karku-crossed out] neji; 20 - kaku
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No. 22 calls
19 - neji; 20 - kaku; 23 - kamari; 9- [negi- crossed out] kami
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No. 25 calls
1 - kami; 3 - kami
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No. 26 calls
1 - neji; 2 - kanini; 3 - kanini waka

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